This is sort of like Jesus rebuking the Pharisees for not discerning the signs of the times. (Matthew 16:3) Just kidding. However, I believe there is a word in this for us. As God’s people we are called to walk in wisdom, understanding the times like the Sons of Issachar. 1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “…the Sons of Issachar were men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.” Do I mean we are to predict the future? No. Do I mean that as believers we need to be discerning the times and have knowledge of how the Lord is leading? Yes.
No one knows the DAY or the HOUR; however, we are to perceive the season. Jesus tells us to be on the alert, that we must be ready. He gives us a parable about the prudent keeping oil in their lamps so that when the bridegroom arrives we will not be caught off guard. There is a day coming when it will be THE Father’s Day. A day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. In the meantime put on your armor, stand against the schemes of the enemy, stay alert, draw near to Jesus, be encouraged for the Lord is the rock of your salvation, and continue preparing the way for the Lord’s return.
Just a quick update about things here in Central America. We had the opportunity to participate in a baptismal service for the local church. David had the privilege of being a part of the baptism for the caretaker of the ATC equipping center. He and his wife have become believers since taking this job. We are having a great time with a group of 10 young men who came for the 4-week discipleship program, Generation of Promise, that ATC conducts. God is moving mightily. We feel blessed to be a part of what He is doing.
Bless your earthly father this Sunday and most essentially. bless your Holy Father every day you draw breath. He loves you more than you can imagine.
This post is written in honor of our dads. Happy Father’s Day Dad and Pops. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for teaching us the ways of our Heavenly Father. We love you!
David and Joy