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Father’s Day

Greg Gosselin

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.” Genesis 18:19

There are a lot of verses that give great advice on parenting and how to love others. Although Genesis 18:19 is a promise from God to Abraham, it can apply to all parents. The Bible says that we are to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)

Did you know that a child’s concept of who and what God is like is dependent upon what their earthly father is like?  If our dad is kind and loving, we will see God as kind and loving.  If our dad is mean and overbearing, we will see God as a God who judges and not as loving.  If our dad is aloof and uninvolved, then our kids will see God as unconcerned or unreachable.

This should be a motivator to live our lives as God would have us.  Some of us had amazing examples of a godly dad who guided us and loved us unconditionally.  Some of us had abusive dads and dads that showed little concern for his family. 

This does not mean that we pass these traits on to our children.  We have so many opportunities to train up our children in the ways of godliness. The simplest is having our family involved in church, but this is not all.   The most important way is showing our kids what it is like to live a godly life. We need to start loving our families and make them our priorities.  We need to praise them and love them through good times and bad.  We need to pray with them. One thing this pandemic has afforded us is a good time to change.  We can start praying out loud for our country.  We can start praying for our church and the influence we have in the community.  We can start praying that God will put the right politicians in positions where God will receive glory and fit His purposes. We can pray for each other.  Start by praising our family members by name.

If we want our children to have a good concept of God, then we need to be the concept of God that they see.

If you are a single parent or a grandparent that is raising your grandkids, do not despair.  Like Esther, “you were put here for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

As you know, I was raised pretty much without a father.  One of the verses I claimed as a child was Psalm 68:5. God says that He will be the Father to the fatherless.  How amazing is that! God is my substitute, stand in dad! I still claim this verse today.  Of course, we are all adopted into His family when we ask Jesus to be our Savior.

I pray that this Father’s Day will be a blessing to you and to your children. To all the dads, the single parents, to the grandparents and those who God has called to be the most amazing aunts, uncles, and friends to children everywhere, Happy Father’s Day!

Proverbs 23:24 – The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Pastor Greg

Greg Gosselin About Greg Gosselin

Greg was born and raised in Miami, FL. He is affectionately known as “Father Goose”. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of six at the First Baptist Church of Perrine, FL. Greg came to Eastern Hills Baptist Church in February of 2004 from the First Baptist Church of Paris, TX.