Reflection: Fatherhood is full of trials and it can test men physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. It can test men in ways our careers, our friendships and our hobbies often do not. But the Bible author James says that testing produces perseverance. Perseverance is one of the key
foundations of fatherhood. It’s easy for us as Dad’s to quit, retreat or shut down when it comes to our children. But no matter how we feel, no matter the pressures of our work and our marriage or no matter how often our internal voice tells us to keep working in the shed or to sit on the couch and watch the footy, we must prioritize and persevere with our kids. James goes on to say that if we need wisdom, we should ask God and he gives it to us without a second thought. The journey of fatherhood for the Christian includes seeking God’s wisdom.
I know that not everyone reading this series will be a father themselves. But you’ll have fathers that you know: your own father, the father of your children, fathers of people you care deeply about. And of course, we all share our heavenly Father. One of the many
descriptions of God in the Bible is that of a father, and the Bible repeatedly refers to the Father’s love for us which has no bounds. Some have experienced glimpses of his love through an earthly father while others have experienced pain, abandonment and confusion. This series will unpack words from James and Moses to encourage Fathers and father figures to tap into God’s unconditional love for those around us.
Questions: Are you a father? Where is your fatherhood being tested the most? Where can you seek God’s wisdom to strengthen your journey of fatherhood, or help to strengthen that journey for someone else?
Prayer: Lord, grant myself (or the fathers in my life) wisdom for the journey of fatherhood. May you ease
the pressure that trials often bring and may the trials of being a parent draw us closer to you. Help those who aren’t yet parents or in different life stages seek ways of encouraging their friends and family who are deep in parenting mode by pointing them to you.