Summary: Wise dads know how to lean on God, lead their family, and to give them love.
Dorn Ridge June 17, 2012
(Portions of this message are based on an article of same name by Shawn McMullen in The Lookout June 21, 2009)
Father’s Day reminds me of many things for which I'm thankful. I'm thankful for a heavenly Father who loves and cares for me.
I'm thankful for an earthly father and grandfather who loved me and led me to love God.
I'm thankful to be a father to three sons and the blessings that have come with that.
Resting in the love of my heavenly Father and reflecting on the love of my earthly father. I see more clearly the role of wisdom in fatherhood—how wise and godly fathers make a difference in the world around them.
I. WISE DADS KNOW HOW TO LEAN.
1.) They lean on God for direction.
A.) Wise dads heed the advice of Solomon: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
B.) One thing that can be very hard for a man is to acknowledge that he needs direction.
ba.) It has been a long time joke that men will drive an extra fifty miles before asking for directions.
baa.) Perhaps there is some truth in this, as we all want to have the ability and knowledge of life on our own, without the help of others.
bb.) Sometimes, even in more important things of life it is hard to acknowledge we need direction.
bba.) But one of the greatest points in our life is when we can come to that place of not only realizing we need to have direction, but also to seek that God would be the one to direct our paths.
bba-1.) Certainly as fathers, grandfathers, and great- grandfathers we need to heed that advice of Solomon, and: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight"
2.) They lean on God for salvation.
A.) They agree with the words of the Apostle Paul.
aa.) Eph. 2:8-9
B.) Just as a wise Father will acknowledge God for his salvation, there is nothing that will bless his heart more than to see his children also walking in the truth and salvation of Jesus Christ.
3.) They lean on God for strength.
A.) Like Isaiah the prophet, they know the source of their strength.
aa.) Is. 40:31
B.) There are times when everyone of us get down and discouraged. There are times we feel defeated, and beaten down.
ba.) In those times, just the presence of God, and His abiding presence give us the strength to carry on.
baa.) Certainly this is one of those blessings things that wise fathers have learned, and also pass on to the next generations.
4.) They lean on God for wisdom.
A.) James expresses on the true search for wisdom.
aa.) James 1:5
B.) There have been many times that I have personally prayed this prayer of James 1:5.
ba.) There are times when there are difficult decisions, and aspects of life that require more wisdom than you have on your own to reach into.
bb.) Certainly during those times, we are truly already wise, who reach out to others, and pick their mind for further guidance.
bc.) But ultimately, all wisdom comes from God Himself. We need many times to have the humility to bow before God, and just ask Him for the wisdom we need.
5.) Wise dads know they can't go it alone.
A.) They trust God to provide what they lack
B.) 2 Pet. 1:3
C.) The truth is that no matter what we have been given in knowledge, and have developed in experience and wisdom, we still cannot do it alone.
ca.) The presence of God needs to be sought for what we are lacking.
II. WISE DADS KNOW HOW TO LEAD.
1.) They lead at home as they model Christ's headship in their marriages.
A.) The consideration and respect they deserve 1 Pet.3:7
2.) They lead their children, adhering to the wise counsel of Paul:
A.) Eph. 6:4
3.) They lead in the church.
A.) Peter exhorted elders in the church, "Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing" (1 Peter 5:2)
B.) I don`t think it is a mistake when Paul listed qualifications for leaders in the Church of their ability to deal with their own family first.
ba.) It is in the home, that men are developed to be the best they can be, and learn to become leaders in the Plan of God.
4.) At home, at church, and in society, wise dads understand the value of example.