The Best Gift
In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. Psalm 22:4
My father was not a fan of Father’s Day.
He appreciated grateful children as much as any father does, but he didn’t want us to spend money on gifts he considered frivolous: ties he didn’t need, books he wouldn’t read, and doodads he couldn’t use.
One gift he received, however, stands out in my mind. My brother David gave Dad an upright brass eyeglass holder lined with maroon felt for his bedside table. Dad used it every night for more than forty years.
It may not have been the best gift Dad ever received, but it certainly symbolized him: practical, protective, and enduring. Maybe those are also the reasons he loved God’s Word so much. In the Bible, he found practical truth on every page—truth that protected him from many missteps, enduring truth that guided his decisions.
Dad never showered us children with attention or praise, but his words were filled with truth and godly counsel. And his prayers for us poured freely from his soul. Once I asked him what his favorite Bible verse was. His answer? “Order my steps in thy word; and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133 KJV). He endeavored to live that verse every day.
No human father will ever attain “perfect father” status, no matter what they do or don’t do. Consider some of the imperfect fathers in the Bible: Abraham, Noah, Jacob, Samuel, and David. And yet, in Hebrews 11 each of those fathers is commended for his faith. That should encourage every father who strives to put his trust in God.
The best gift a father can give his children is to trust God—to develop a hunger for God and His Word, to pursue godliness and model it before them. Other gifts are also admirable and beneficial, but none is more valuable.
Jeremiah wrote, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him” (17:7). Thanks, Dad, for putting your trust in God, and for teaching me—along with many others—to do likewise. Thanks for showing me how to receive the best gift of all—the blessing of God.
Heavenly Father, help me order my steps according to Your Word as faithfully as Dad did so I too can show others how to receive Your blessing.
The Hebrew word for “order” in Psalm 119:133 is kuwn,* which means “to be firmly established, to be fixed.” What steps can you take this week to be more firmly established in God’s Word?
Read Psalm 1. You may or may not be a parent, but someone is watching you and modeling you. Is your life characterized more by verses 1-3 or by verses 4-6?
Read Hebrews 11. Choose one father in the list. Use a concordance to find the Old Testament account of his life and read it. Make a list of his strengths and weaknesses. How can his life encourage you to strive for faithfulness in spite of your flaws?
Denise K. Loock
*Hebrew Lexicon: H3559 (KJV). Retrieved from http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3559&t=KJV