I read a thing on the Internet this week entitled, “50 Reasons Why It’s Good To Be a Guy.” I won’t read all of them but I did put together a short list of some of my personal favorites: “Because you are a guy…”
#9. You can go to the bathroom without a support group.
#8. If someone forgets to invite you to something he can still be your friend.
#7. You can drop by to see a friend without bringing a little gift.
#6. If another guy shows up at the same party in the same outfit, you’ll give him a high-five and you just might become lifelong buddies.
#5. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
#4. You can be showered and ready to go in 10 minutes flat.
#3. Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with, “So, do you notice anything different?”
#2. If something mechanical doesn’t work, you can bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room.
#1. You can “do” all 20 of your nails with a pocketknife.
Matthew 6:9-13 is one of the best known passages in the Bible. If you ask the average person on the street to say The Lord’s Prayer, most can at least start it. “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…” Many people can quote that, but they don’t really appear to appreciate the full import of the words they are saying. “OUR FATHER in Heaven”. What a tremendous thought! What an untold privilege to be able to address the mighty Creator of all things this way... Our FATHER.
- Psalm 68:5 - “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God...”
- Psalm 103:13 - “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.”
- Isaiah 63:16 - “You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”
- Matthew 7:9-11 - Jesus said: “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”
- John 20:17 - After He rose from the dead, Jesus told Mary to go to His disciples and tell them he was alive and He said, “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
The second picture I’d like you to see is found in II Samuel chapter 18. It’s the story of...
But perhaps David remembered the sweet little boy he had bounced on his knee, the youth he had watched grow before him into manhood. Absalom was his own flesh and blood. True fathers do not stop loving their children just because they act like idiots. David still LOVED Absalom, even after all the horrible things he had done and said. At the news of his death, David’s heart was torn and he wept over his son.
A WAITING Father
This is another son who has walked away from his father’s house and gone off in his own rebellious ways. But the WAITING father is out in the fields - WAITING - LONGING - HOPING - LOOKING for his wayward son to return. When the prodigal returns, even when he is still afar off the Bible tells us that with tears streaming down his face the father RUNS to embrace, welcome, and restore his son.