“I’m proud of you, Son.” These are probably the words that every son is longing to hear from his father.
Often when we think of the example God gives for fatherhood, we think of his love, giving good gifts at appropriate times, his mercy, grace, justice and discipline, all measured out perfectly, while at the same time continuing to set the perfect example to all his children.
Hebrews shows us how proud the Father is of his Son, Jesus: “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.” (Hebrews 1 v 5 ESV). “I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son.” (v 5). “Let all God’s angels worship him.” (v 6). This is God showing his Son off to all his friends.
And there are promises of an amazing inheritance (v 8); it tells how the Father gives the Son gladness beyond everyone else (v 9); and how the Father will love the Son for ever. (v 11 – 12).
We also read of the Father paving the way for the success of his Son: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” (v 13).
So as fathers, let’s be like God and be proud of our children, telling both them and other people how proud we are of them. Let’s show them their potential and the blessed future they have ahead of them, and do all we can to grow our boys into great men of God.
Let’s give thanks for our Father in heaven and for our natural fathers.
With love in our Lord,
(By the way, I am proud of all my children!)