Dilapidated by denigration our society is run amok with dead beat dads, downtrodden despots whose only concept of fatherhood is the illegitimate siring of bastards with little or no concern for the demand that a Just God will on that day requisite for each life given into their stewardship.
Few things compare to being called Daddy, undoubtedly there is the prerequisite of offspring that would qualify this. Yet who has weighed the absolute enormity of being thus called? With an earnest longing, a heart felt calling to be Baba nani, a father of so and so.
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’
Malachi 1:6 (ESV)
Wise sons are a delight (Pro 10:1; 29:3), how great the blessed vaunt of him whose youth are as arrows filling his quiver (Ps 127:4). Upright youth with clarity and purpose, equipped to meet the challenges of life and provide solutions to everything that might threaten it. Much more the glad dehiscence that springs from a dad whose daughters have known a good man, being thus presented with all elegance and splendor. Just as the Bride will in spotless apparel be presented to her Groom being found to delight his entire person, a meet help for him whose heart she has ravaged. Can we ask again who gives these to be wed? Where are those fathers who have cradled with both hands infancy until maturity was found until Christ was formed? Much more generations to sit before the gray headed and glean wisdom being his children’s children? Have we so soon forgotten the place that fathers must have, must be given?
We have left children jesting, ‘my mummy is better than yours’, a strange shift from honoring the head to delighting in the crown. Indeed it is fathers who bear, suffer and sacrifice for their own. Please notice the adorning of the head, is that virtuous bride that meet help who herself must receive honor rightly yet in light of an amorous submission to her husband (Pro 12:4; 1 Cor 11:4, 7-11). It is the fight of fathers to tame a generation, train them up to fight for their own in their stead. Grooming sons and daughters to espouse their teaching, culture, and Way. Perhaps for lack of this from their own youth have we missed the fundamentals that devoid the transfer from the old to the new. Did we allow the Father of all to break us and build us again. To dismember every weak inconsistency into a solid immutability, a sure faith that rests on one higher than ourselves? There is but one place to be broken; in the courts, presence, and counsel of the Everlasting Father.
I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
1 John 2:13 (ESV)
Who completes all, who was complete from the beginning. Who invites us in His stead to make, disciple and raise men and women who will themselves raise men and women. I see no greater call for mankind than this. Have we attempted to do this without the blessing that makes rich and adds no sorrow. Without instruction and light from the Father of lights with whom there is no shadow of turning. Yes, every flaw and fault is given us being evil, how much more must we fall prostrate before the Father of Spirits in desperate need for comfort, succor, and grace in place of grace. See men who knew this place of power have raised giants, stalwarts, mavericks, even fathers. What else will be evidence of a good father save the heritage of godliness in that which is God’s heritage. All else makes entirely void the Word of God. Looking again to him who freely supplies for all creation with a Providence unrivaled that all creatures look into his hands, you are an infidel who does not for his own provide.
Shrink no longer from that office that so totally compasses the first person in the Godhead. We have need of Fathers in Ministry, Government, Community, Society. I dare say so much is so wrong seeing we have left off the first commandment with a promise that it might be well by despising counsel, rejecting discipline, justifying dishonor and hating them who God has placed over us.
There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
Proverbs 30:11 (ESV)
How can it be well with us, our children’s children, the land we are in when we revile them who gave us life? When we are grief and bitterness to those who bore us? How I pray that like John in the wilderness the hearts of the sons would be turned back again to their fathers just as those of the fathers will turn to their children (Mal 4:6)? They are no fathers who have not borne, however, only one can be called the Eternal Father. For only He promises to leave none an orphan, nor is He capable of so doing seeing He lives forever being the Father by reason of His Son to all that come thus to Him. Likewise with arms ever outstretched and never turning away a single one, having room enough to protect all that will give their hearts to Him. To be loved incomparably, kept irrevocably and strengthened permanently. Even you father of a multitude are called by him a son, a child, and heir. Will you purpose today by the empowering of the Father of All to allow Him to take you into every truth and grace of being called Baba? Uniquely to enter into the faith of fathers. The Father and Son perfectly demonstrate this, and invite us into their complete fellowship, will you join us?
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
John 5:19-23 (ESV)