This month we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a fun way to honor our Dads, to let them know that we are grateful for all they have done for us. And it is also an opportunity for us as fathers to think about all that we must do for our families! One passage of scripture that comes to my mind in thinking about how we as men must be faithful fathers is found in 1 Chronicles 16.
1 Chronicles 16 is a chapter that describes for us in detail a worship service – the David is leading the Israelites in a public service of praise and thanksgiving as the ark of the covenant is brought into the City of David for the first time. But it is not what happens during the worship service that reminds me of my duty as a Christian man, but rather what immediately follows the public worship service:
“Then all the people left, each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family.”
The implication seems clear to me: having been blessed by God, the Israelites went home to bless their families.
Consider this for a moment: God has blessed us so that we might be a blessing to others. In Genesis 12:2 God says to Abraham,
“I will make you into great nation and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
In the events described in 1 Chronicles, David and all who attended that service were blessed. But then they all go home – to be a blessing. Scriptures like Proverbs 27:14 make it clear that we are all to bless others. But do we?
Sometimes we might think that our families were blessed by the pastor at church and that is sufficient. Yes, the service ends with a benediction, a “blessing.” But in 1 Chronicles 16 we see what happens next. We return to our homes and we, like David, must echo and affirm that blessing to the families God has entrusted to us. Parents, and Dads in particular, you have a huge role in blessing your families. Are you? Or are you assuming your kids are getting all the blessing they need through pastors and Sunday school teachers? As the summer begins, let’s take this month to consider how we can commit ourselves to actively going home on purpose at the end of each day and after every Sunday service. And may that purpose be to bless our families.