A Father’s Influence

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

When Fathers are among the constellation of heroes in our lives, God’s best plans are working. God intended for fathers to be heroes for their children. Fathers do this best by living & modeling God’s ways as the way for their children to live.  

 

Consequently, the pathway of heroes in general – and the high calling of Fathers in particular – is highlighted in the Scriptures.  God inspired the biblical stories to be written in light of people’s strengths & weaknesses, which means we are entrusted to learn from their successes & failures.

 

Nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of King Saul & his son, Jonathan, and King David & his son, Solomon.

 

Saul was a double-minded man because his heart was divided.  He trusted God, but didn’t trust God. He was glad to be King, but resented God for anointing him as King.  He loved Jonathan, but didn’t trust Jonathan’s love for David.  Saul cared for David, but feared David’s popularity with the people. Saul passed on his best characteristics to Jonathan, but felt inferior when Jonathan’s best surpassed his own best.  Lessons learned by Jonathan became lessons applied, which is why he became a great hero.

 

David was a shepherd boy who became Israel’s greatest King.  However, his self-inflicted character flaws put his children at risk.  His sons & daughters would need to learn equally from what their father did right and what he did wrong.  However, when David’s life was headed in the wrong direction, he would listen to his heart love for God, and then correct his behavior. 

 

When his children, like Solomon, learned this lesson for themselves, they would be applying from the best of what their father had to teach them.

 

Five Lessons Applied

 

•Faith heroes, like Fathers, are not perfect. They are flawed. They are human and need God’s grace. Their goodness stems from God’s goodness forming their character. 

 

•Faith heroes face their fears by living their faith. 

 

•Faith heroes find their power through godly character, not by wearing capes & costumes. 

 

•Faith heroes do for us what needs to be done but what we can’t do for ourselves. Through their efforts we are inspired to learn how to do this for ourselves the next time around, and then to do “the heroic act” for others as it had been done for us. 

 

•Faith heroes, consequently, don’t do what we can and need to do for ourselves but they inspire us to do our best by being our best.

 

Pastor Les

 

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastorof Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about how God works in your life, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 26 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Parenting, Spirituality
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