Fathers, Husbandry, and Leadership

This week at our monthly fasting and prayer gathering I was asked to speak a little about being a Godly father and husband etc. In my seeking God about what He Feels about the subject I was blown away by what I heard and experienced.To keep it simple and shorter I will mainly focus on the word Father. The word Father is deeply connected to Husbandry and Leadership.

In Genesis 1 we immediately see the nature of The Father who “hovered” over the face of the waters, over the void, over the deep.
Genesis 1

New King James Version (NKJV)
The History of Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

 

He did not just walk by or glance. HE HOVERED. Any other entity would have given up on this deep chaotic void called earth but the Father waits, and hovers. He tends and nurtures with great care, grace, and mind blowing power. He believes this creation is the proverbial “little train that could”. That “hovering” speaks deeply of Our Father’s patient power and authority seeing potential. God our Father encourages and creates from love. He encourages and guides us to what seems like an absurd wasteful degree to mere men. No matter how many sins, issues, or twisted barf we are covered in He sees clearly our naked core that He made. Beauty covered in ashes does not make it ashes. Beauty is beauty from its blueprint, not its current fashion or carnal coverings. Many men in the bible were dumbfounded when God talked to them about who they really were and what they would do.

Men live like dogs but they are designed and commissioned to live the impossible. We are GOD men and GOD women, children of GOD, sons and daughters of GOD. We are His image and artwork shown to creation. We are a living document outlining his nature and beauty. It blows my mind to think about it. It’s dumbfounding.

Back to God creating out of love as a Father, whatever He says happens and goes. When He says “let there be light,” it is. Authority beyond reason is behind His words. Ezekiel spoke to dry bones and they came alive regardless of their state. Jesus spoke to dead Lazarus to come forth out of the tomb and he did. It was not up for debate or choice.

Men and fathers who dwell in deep relationship with God do the same. They look upon our Father and become like Him and in the process they are cleansed of pride, selfishness and destructive leanings. These men don’t have to demand honor respect subtly or obviously. They are honor and respect. One is humbled just to be near them because they embody God. Many men crave to be honored, respected and glorified but they live dishonorably and disrespectful. They seek what they have not sown  and wish only to consume. God gives abundantly to open rivers, not mud puddles.

Fathers or Pharoahs

True fathers are not pharoahs (or Pharoahsees aka Pharisees). They do not use power or position for there own selfish pleasure or prideful benefit. We have a nation of Pharoah men that have lived for this world and not eternity. We have seen some of the worst of this in The Penn State Football scandal where money, sports, and ambition were more important than sexually abused children. In church we have priests and pastors sexually abusing children and skilled, corrupt male lawyers getting them off. An entire cycle of the abuse of money, sex, and power surrounds us. Men must take a stand and not justify sin, or ignore it like Eli and other male leaders in the bible.

Men have become so dull and asleep that we do not address or stand as true guardians. Our silence is cowardice and enables destruction. Father are ones that construct not destroy. All men have a choice and we have all been a like Pharoah at some point because we have all sinned. The path of the Pharoah is the path of willful sin, but the path of the Father is path of righteousness. Jesus exemplified fatherhood, husbandry and leadership as he lived the way, truth and life. His power was used to help & save, empower and free. I am very thankful to have met honorable men who were true fathers that have impacted me greatly. I pray we would walk in their footsteps of love and sacrifice.

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