In studying for the sermon this week, the Lord has really placed a burden on my heart that we become biblical builders of houses. Father’s Day is so difficult for many people in our church families and culture in general. Because of divorce, separation, or death (all due to sin’s influence in our world), many children don’t have the great benefit of living with a Dad. Many mothers are forced to raise children apart from a father figure. Some godly husbands and wives are devastated by the reality of infertility. While Father’s Day is a joyous celebration for some of us, it is an increasingly difficult day for many others.
Tomorrow at ABC, we’ll be looking at Father’s Day from all angles. We’ll start in Psalm 127, seeing that God is Builder, Protector, Provider, and Rewarder in the successful home. Fathers (and even mothers and grandparents) who deny Him His rightful place of authority and headship in their homes labor in vain to provide their family what only He can give.
Then we’ll take a look at Psalm 68:5-6a. Even in the home where Dad is not present for whatever reason, God is still the Builder, Protector, Provider, and Rewarder of the successful Home. He is a Father to the fatherless, and a Husband to the husbandless. Single Mom or widow, don’t let the theme of tomorrow’s day keep you from worshipping with your church family. The Word of God speaks to all of our hearts, and tomorrow will be no exception.
While in sincere prayer for those among us who approach this national holiday with apprehension, regret, or heartache, tomorrow at Antioch will be a day of challenge not only for the fathers in the room, but for all who build houses and homes.
There are many builders of houses. But unless God is allowed to assume and maintain His rightful place in the home, all of our labor – even though we labor with great intention – will be in vain.
Very thankful on a day like tomorrow that God is Builder, Protector, Provider, and Rewarder of the successful home. And that even when there is no father figure present, God is a Father to the fatherless, and a Husband to the husbandless.
Grace and Peace (and ‘see you tomorrow’),