Our reading in Proverbs includes the simple promise that “a wise son brings joy to his father.” On a day like today, it is good for us to reflect upon the legacy that we are leaving in the lives of those we love. The vast majority of my childhood memories are good, but there are certain moments where I would desperately like a do-over! I haven’t always brought joy to my father’s heart. I haven’t always made wise choices.
From our recent readings, we know that King David had it in his heart to build a temple for God – a place where God’s people could worship and hear from him. But God had a different plan and told David that he would not be the one to build him a temple. Instead, his son Solomon would build it. David accepted that judgement and wonderfully set Solomon up for success by giving him all the needed plans and resources to fulfill this enormous undertaking.
1 Kings 8 is the dedicatory prayer for that temple. As always, this prayer begins with worship, acknowledging the truth about the father. Then he moves to intercession, pleading with God to extend grace, forgiveness and strength for his people, especially when they turn their hearts back to him. He ends with an admonition (in 1 Kings 8:61) that the people of God would live life with “hearts that are fully committed to God,” the most significant passion we could hold on to in life. He added to that encouragement a call to “walk before God faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness.” (1 Kings 9:4)
Every time I disappointed my Dad, it was connected to a breach of my commitment to integrity. What is true of my relationship with my Dad is true of my walk with my Heavenly Father.
The New Testament reading today is about a time when Paul and Barnabas were used by God to bring healing to a lame man. The crowd’s response went from being amazed to them wanting to deify Paul and Barnabas. Then they heard the wishes of the people, these two apostles were horrified. “We too are human like you. We are just bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God.” (Acts 14:15)
Within our very real humanity is a propensity to wander from God instead of towards God. This Father’s Day, where we remember and celebrate our earthly Dads and seek to bring joy to their hearts, may we also bring joy to our Heavenly Father’s heart by honouring him and loving him most and first in our lives. It truly is the best way to live life! It truly is the pathway to the wellness of soul we all desire in life.
Lead Pastor and grateful intercessor for his three kids: Kyle, Zakk and Emily.