9 Things I’ve Learned About God From Being A Dad (Part Three)

Meeting my princess, September 2011

Welcome back! It’s been an amazing first year of fatherhood, and I’ve really enjoyed looking back on this year and reflecting on the things I’ve learned. This is our final post on lessons I’ve learned about God from being a dad. Click here for parts one and two. Let’s jump right in where we left off.

7. Every rule has a reason.

Here in Florida, the #1 cause of death among children is drowning.  It’s unbelievably tragic, as it can easily be avoided if the right boundaries are in place. Like a fence around the pool, every rule that Beth and I have for Macey is for her good. Her limited understanding doesn’t always see it that way, so she pushes against the boundaries we have set up for her.

How much more surrendered would we be if we had this mindset towards the boundaries God has set up for us? Every rule has a reason.

“I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life.”                 Psalm 119:93
8. God is fiercely opposed to the enemy of your soul.

*CONFESSION*   I’ve never been in a fist fight.

But God have mercy on the man who would ever try to harm my children. There’s something fierce inside my heart as a father. I felt it as a husband, but even stronger as a father. There’s a lion inside and the fastest way to unleash it is to come against my wife or my children.

Did you know that you have an enemy? “Oh the devil is just a fairy tale that Christians use to scare people.” Yet if we find that something is consistently missing from our lives, wouldn’t it be a logical conclusion that there is a thief (see John 10:10)?

The bible is clear that the reason Jesus came was to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

If I, in my fearful, selfish, and humanly limited love for my family, would rise up without hesitation against any enemy that would dare to hurt my family, how much more does God? Yes my friends, you need to be confident in this: God is actively going to battle on your behalf.

“The Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised.” Joshua 23:10
9. God would give his life for you.

My life abounds with questions and uncertainty. But there’s one thing on which I have absolute clarity: I would give my life to save my daughter.

Jesus takes it one step further. Romans 5:8 says that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” You need to remember this verse the next time the enemy tries to convince you that you’re not loved, or not worthy of love.

Romans 5:6 states that “Christ died for the ungodly.” So the next time you hear the enemy’s accusations about how you’re not “good enough,” just remind him of God’s love for you demonstrated in the cross.

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1

Well friends, thanks for tracking with us through this series! I’ve really enjoyed it! We’re having a son in December, so next year I’m sure I’ll have many more lessons to reflect back on!

-Wesley

Hey parents, what other lessons have you learned about God from being a parent that you’d like to add to this conversation?

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