Proverbs 1:8 “Listen my son, to your father’s instruction, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching…”
Being a good father takes time and practice. But how do you practice without instruction? You can’t. Some of us take life’s lessons as instruction. But did you know that God blessed all of us with His instruction?
For example, there are steps to follow toward each blessing God has for you. Since we are approaching Father’s Day, let’s look at the steps toward being a good father. In order to be a good father, you have to first be a good husband. In order to become a good husband, you have to become a good man. And you cannot become a good man until you have learned to be a good son.
I don’t know about you but becoming a man was hard for me because I missed the first step in becoming a good son. This is the stage where we learn to listen even if we don’t want to. We ‘do’, even when we don’t want to and we learn, even when we have a problem with the teacher.
This step is missed because we as boys think our parents, don’t know what’s going on with kids today. We label our parents old fashion and not ‘hip’ to what kids are about today. But little do we know…(that’s enough said right there), “…very little we know…” at that age. This is why it is so important to learn to be a good son first, before we level up.
It's funny because I didn’t realize, until I was married with children, that a part of my marriage issues was that I skipped the steps in being a good son, man, and husband before becoming a father. I didn’t take the Word of God as it said, “Listen to your father’s instruction…” and learn.
I realized that I, “…rejected my mother’s teaching…” so I didn’t learn how to be a good husband. Missing those steps just added to the mixture of failure in becoming a good father. The steps in manhood are important and should not be skipped. So, what do we do about it now?
We learn what we missed and lead our children so that they understand the importance of the steps in becoming a good man and a good woman. Go to the Word of God and follow the Father’s instructions right where we are in life. We cannot fix ourselves, but we can allow God to heal and provide us with wisdom.
Read scriptures of instructions like Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” ~CSB Let us as men imitate the Father in heaven as he says to us in 2 Corinthians 6:18 “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” ~CSB
The Word of God for the people of God is our instruction for all things. If we missed steps in our lives, lean on the Lord for guidance to receive the wisdom we missed. This way we can learn to use the tools God created in us to do the work He prepared for us on our journey toward the kingdom; and in all that He has for us. These blessings are promised to us by God, but we must learn how to receive, maintain, and pass the blessings on to others by leaning on Him for instruction.
May God continue to bless you with His healing power, wisdom and protection as you journey in Jesus’ name.
Authors Billy & Yolanda
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