A Father’s Joy

Connecting Points

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today’s Topic: A Father’s Joy

Today’s Text:  Proverbs 23:24-25 (NLT)  The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise. So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.

I must praise God! He alone is worthy of all the glory. It is by His hand and according to His plan that these things are the way they are. I am to be considered most blessed by the LORD because His mercy has covered my flaws, and His grace has redeemed my failures. Thanks be to God for the gift of wise children who honor and fear the LORD.

I am overwhelmed with this thought today as our family celebrates the birthday of our oldest child, Rochelle. What a joy it was 35 years ago as Denise and I were awakened by labor pains at 5:30 AM. She was, and remains to this day, a morning person like her dad. I wonder if there’s a correlation to one’s natural body clock and the time of their birth.

At 10:10 AM on June 7, 1977, we welcomed Rochelle into our family. We were already so in love with her, but when I saw those big wide-open eyes emerge from the birth canal I was gone. I shouted out, “Push!”. The Doctor shouted, “Stop pushing!” The umbilical cord was around her neck. My eyes met her eyes again, and as the doctor worked to free the cord, I realized that I was not in control. I saw my daughter in great need and I could do nothing but trust someone else with the outcome. Her eyes cried out to me for help, and I could do nothing.

I saw that look again two years later when she was being prepped for heart surgery. Again, I had to release her into the hands of another person who was more qualified than me to resolve the issue.

I didn’t always behave that way. In fact, I was a very authoritarian father. It hurt my kids. That’s why today I give more thanks to God than ever as I realize His amazing grace that accomplished His purpose even when I got in the way. No matter how hard I pushed, God was faithful to lead them to His heart.

Even though this is the birthday of my oldest, I thank God for all three of my kids who are living for Jesus Christ and serving Him faithfully in their local churches. I know that based on my personality and pride I don’t deserve it. But God has been faithful to His call on their lives, and my kids were wise enough to listen to Him and model their lives after Jesus Christ. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Today I have cause for joy!

Pastor John

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