April 26, 2016
Today I want to introduce one of our brothers in Christ, Kris Walker. I have been blessed to get to know him and his family through our All Pro Dad meetings we have monthly. Today, Kris shares a wonderful message on The Strongest Dad!
Today’s Reading: Numbers 3; Psalm 37; Song of Solomon 1; Hebrews 1
“My dad can beat up your dad!!!” Did anyone else say this as a kid?? Wasn’t our dad our hero?!?! He was the strongest man we knew, he could throw us up in the air, he could catch us, no matter how high we jumped from… And…. He was THE STRONGEST DAD!!
Psalm 37 spoke to me about OUR father.. It shows no matter what we can think of.. No matter the scenario… OUR father, OUR LORD, has our back… It’s is up to us to trust in, wait on, and believe in him…
Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the lord, and do good…”
Psalm 37:7, “Be still in the lord, wait patiently for him….”
It talks about the evil doer… And how they succeed… I can’t tell you, how many times I’ve sat back and watched someone “succeed” in their crooked ways… They have achieved “success” and are living the good life, while I’ve felt I’ve worked my butt off, only to get dirty, tired and feel like I’m coming up short… It’s hard to remember.. That I have a father I can trust in… And if I only wait for him… BELIEVE in him, TRUST in him, and WORK for HIM…. That’s when I can achieve true success!! It’s so easy to get angry at the “success of the evildoer” but if we need the words of this chapter… We can trust that our Heavenly Father will take care of us! There is no reason to be angry, or upset… We are told that God will take care of us:
Psalm 37:23-24, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Psalm 37:16-17, “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.
I find this truly encouraging… We have a daddy, that wants to take care of us.. If we stumble, he is there to catch us.. So we don’t fall… We have a father who is going to uphold us… The power of the evildoer means nothing in the end..
The the part I find encouraging about this… We are all… Or were all evil doers… I know I was, and sometimes feel like I still am… But our father even gives us hope for that…
Psalm 37: 27-28, “Turn from evil and do good. then you will dwell in the land forever. For the Lord loves the just, and will not forsake his faithful ones.”
All we have to do is turn away from evil! It sounds too simple… Turn away from evil.. But it makes me think: I need to start thinking like that every day… When the evil things come up… TURN AWAY!! When those tempting devices come into our path… TURN AWAY!!!
This chapter really spoke to me.. I want to trust more in OUR father… I want to work for him… Not for my success, but for his praise and honor.. Then I… We will obtain true success..
Father, I pray you keep these words true, I pray you strengthen us, comfort us, catch us when we stumble, so we don’t fall! Help us not focus on the temporary success of the evil doers around us, but help us focus on the eternal success we can achieve through working for you!! Thank you for keeping us safe! Thank you for letting us find our rest in you!!