This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
Today, I am honoring our fathers. From a scriptural perspective, when I think about fathers I think about Abraham, because God ordained Abraham as the “father of many nations.” Recently, I talked about how Abraham demonstrated blind faith when he would journey more than a thousand miles away from his homeland, because he believed that God was ordering his steps in this direction.
We also know that Abraham was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice as he was willing to give up his son Isaac when he believed that was God’s Will.
Although, if we are to look honestly at Abraham’s life, we see him as a man who also had flaws. While he is a man who mostly obeyed God, there were times when he disobeyed God. He sinned, of course, when he slept with his servant, and when he claimed that Sarah was his sister, when she was truthfully his wife.
What we see, however, is that God still acknowledges Abraham and does not withdraw His promises from him. Instead, He blesses Abraham in his old age with a son, and he is still known as the father of many.
Sometimes, we have to apply this principle to our actual fathers. For some of us, our dads could do no wrong. Our eyes were not big enough to see them. And, for some of us, like myself, we did not see our fathers.
Today, we want to transcend that, and embrace the idea of seeing our fathers as God sees them.
The Words that inspire me are, “For the Lord sees not as man sees, man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
Tomorrow, let’s talk about answered prayers. Please share this reflection, and take time to honor the fathers and father-like figures in your life today.