2 Marks of a Great Father
And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually. — Job 1:5
As a young man, I grew up without a father in my home. Therefore, when I eventually became a father, I wondered if I would make a very good one myself. But this text provides some great wisdom. It clarifies two marks of great fathers.
First, great fathers make spiritual leadership a priority. Notice that Job rose early in the morning. It appears to be his first waking thought. And let's keep in mind, Job was a busy man. In verse three, the author states he was one of the wealthiest and largest ranchers in all the east (Job 1:3). Yet even though his business and the busyness was calling, it waited. His priority on this morning was the spiritual leadership of his family. On this day, it was his children that came to mind. This is a definitive mark of a great father. He cares first about the spiritual leadership of his family.
Second, great fathers are marked by their selfless offerings. Notice that Job did not offer a sacrifice for himself, which would be expected in this situation. Rather, out of concern for his children, he offers a sacrifice for them. This is rather unusual but highly commendable. It gives us insight into how much he cared about his children and their ongoing relationship with God.
And so, in this one verse, Job raises the bar for all Christian fathers. Here are two questions to consider:
- What adjustments do you need to make in your schedule for your family?
- What spiritual sacrifices do you need to make for the care of your family?
Adjust today. Whether you are a father or not. And set a new pattern and example for coming generations.
ASK THIS: What adjustment or sacrifice do you need to make today?
DO THIS: Make a small adjustment and share your commitment below.
PRAY THIS: God, I want my family and children to know you — not how busy I am or how much I work. Help me prioritize and reprioritize my life and align it to things that matter for eternity.
PLAY THIS: Lead Me.
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