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First Christian Reformed Church || Lynden

THE PLEASURE AND PAIN OF FATHERHOOD, I (Morning)

The first thing the first speaker said was that there’s not a single functional family in the entire Bible, not one. Every home we encounter in the Bible is dysfunctional. Sin has laid waste to every human family and all of us come from broken homes, some more than others, but all broken. And that definitely includes the one I came from and the one I created and have. Nothing like traveling 2300 miles with a couple of sons to remind a dad of his sins and the sins he has passed down from one generation to another. Without a doubt the most painful experiences of my life are seeing my sins in the mirror of my sons. What I want to do this morning is say some things I wish I had heard 30 years ago and not just heard but taken to heart and put into practice. If we want to know what fatherhood looks like and sounds like and smells like and tastes like, we should turn to the original designer, the first architect, the best example and model and look in the book He wrote. I’m serious about this. The older I get and the more I read and study the Bible the more amazed I am at how it really does have the answer to all of life’s questions and issues. It’s the most supremely practical book. It contains God’s wisdom for doing life. If there is a question we need to know the answer to, that answer will be found in Scripture. Scripture teaches us everything we need to know about fathering and mothering. When you boil it down to the basics, fathering and mothering is love and correction, tender and tough, grace and guidance, delight and discipline. That’s what I want to focus on this morning and the next time I preach, delight and discipline, or pleasure and pain. From Scripture I want to show every father here these two aspects of godly, Biblical, masculine fatherhood. By the way, this has broader application beyond sons and daughters, to grandsons and granddaughters, nieces and nephews, and to all the children we relate to in this covenant community. This morning we will stop with the first half of what I am calling the pleasure and pain of fatherhood, or the delight and discipline of being a dad.
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