God sees people as necessary. Relationships on earth communicate to us who God is. Deuteronomy emphasizes the provision of the Lord for food and water. They also include those without connection, as they are adopted into the community during celebrations and special holy days. It’s because people value people.
The word “satisfaction” in Deuteronomy 26:12-13 means “to be full,” “suffice,” “having enough,” and in “the context of community.” Filling a belly is not enough. There is a connection to God first, then people, then communities. Being in awe of the Lord is related to greater life satisfaction. The relationship between the two is due to feelings of connectedness with others. Taken together, church attendance, wisdom, feelings of connectedness with others produces life satisfaction. Fatherhood brings a certain level of happiness, but it also emulates the experience of loving Father God. When a man becomes a father, he begins to understand how the Father God loves him. It also gives him a concept of how God wants to satisfy the human need for a relationship.
When God looks at the fatherless, He sees the need for a fatherhood relationship. The relationship is a priority for any spiritual leadership. A father who walks out on his family would have significant limitations in developing that relationship. Influence occurs with modeling, commitment, and time invested. If the father is absent, how can he accomplish these things?
What must the father teach?
The father needs to teach the following to his children:
1. Teach them how to love.
2. Teach them how to forgive.
3. Give them the gift of self-esteem.
4. Teach them the keys to freedom. (a) respecting the rules of society and (b) taking responsibility for one’s actions.
5. Teach them to dream.
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