IN HONOR OF FATHER’S DAY, I decided to write about my father’s favorite verse from the Bible. When I asked him about it, he recited a verse from memory though he tagged it as “Ed’s favorite verse,” not necessarily his own. For forty eight years, Ed was one of my father’s dearest friends, and it was a bittersweet day when we lost him last year; my father was with him when it happened. The saying like attracts like is very appropriate in this instance; Ed’s soul is honest and faithful. So is my father’s. No wonder they were such fast friends. No wonder my father’s reflex was that verse.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Hebrews 10:35 KJV
As exciting as the second part of this verse is, it is not on the ‘great reward’ that I focus, but the first: Cast not away therefore your confidence. Just like a father encourages his children when discouraged, this verse encourages followers of Jesus Christ not to give up on what they know to be true. I was blessed to be raised with knowledge of truth of Scripture, therefore my confidence in who and what Jesus truly is does not waiver. However, there are times that faith in my ability to spread the Word falters. According to Matthew 28:19, it is our duty to make disciples of all nations, and so I accept that as instructions from my Lord. There are people all around us that don’t know or recognize Christ as the Son of God, and though I never doubt that to be fact, how on earth am I supposed to convince someone else of it? And why would they want to listen? And would the answer “because its true” suffice?
And just as I re-read those words out loud, I realized how flawed my thinking is. Why would I have faith in myself, a flawed, sinful human, when I could put my faith in the perfect God that never makes mistakes? When [I’ll refrain from saying if] the Lord brings someone to our path and we feel a tug on our hearts, I think the very first step is simply committing that person to prayer. If it be the Lord’s will to speak to them about His sovereignty, then he will mercifully and completely prepare us for that endeavor as long as our hearts are willing. Why would he not? He knows its difficult. As followers of Jesus Christ, may we take the position of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3, and simply say “…speak, Lord, your servant is listening…” When my day of judgment comes, and I stand before His throne, I don’t want to hang my head in shame when He asks why I never told others about his goodness.The task was commanded and the reward will be great. I know Ed is relishing his right now.
Thank you to my Father for giving me my father.
Thank you to my father for being an example of unwavering faith and confidence in Our Father.
Happy Father’s Day, Daddy.
Ciao for now–Lauren