Don’t screw up Dad!

Throughout my day I make a few different car trips. Two of those trips (to work and home from work) I listen the bible being read out.  Em asked me a long time ago for the bible on Cd to help her do her devotions but I think it was a bit boring for her (having said that she now listens to daily preaching podcasts so t isn’t spoken word that bores her).  I have used these Cd’s far more than Em and I really find them useful.

I have a really bad memory, really, really bad. So I often hear things and forget about how it happened, e.g. ‘Why did Israel split into 2 sides during Kings’, so I’m listening to the bible from beginning to the end just to refresh.

So at the moment I’m in 1st Kings, in the endless line of disobedient Kings of Judah and Israel.  So to the point of this post.

These Kings that keep stuffing up and turning away from God obviously get punished because our God is Just.  Now I love the fact that God is Just but what concerns me is the way that they get punished, or more precisely who gets punished in their place.

The line that keeps coming up is:

“Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

I can’t help but think about the pressure this puts on fathers. I have no kids but what type of disaster am I bringing down on my future families head because of my sinful nature.  Now I know Jesus died to take away those sins but I can’t help but think that even if Generational Sin has been taken off our heads what impact does a sinful father play on his children’s lives.  God won’t hold our fathers sin against us but as we grow up we are still greatly influenced by learning from our father.

I don’t have the answer, I don’t even think I have a question, but guess even though I have no kids I still want to do right by them when it does happen and pass on something of a ‘blessing’ not ‘disaster’ because of my life.  I better get started because most of these guys didn’t even have kids before they had stuffed it up.

Just a thought.

God Bless

Dave.

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