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Father Knows Best

Matthew 6:8

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

RayMcDDo you remember the Television Show that aired from 1954 to 1963 titled Father Knows Best? It starred Robert Young (Jim) – Jane Wyatt (Margaret) – Elinor Donahue (Betty) – Billy Gray (Bud) – and Lauren Chapin (Kathy) – as the Andersons. The show won six Emmy Awards and was a consistent Top 10 show in the Nielsen Ratings. It was based on a patriarchal model that was popular in the 50’s on TV and in American life. By the way – Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker) also played the part of a female druggist and a flame for Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show (1960 to 1968) for a few seasons.

The premise of the show was that the family would have all sorts of trouble – only to turn to their father (Jim Anderson) for help. He would often give sage advice and would make things all right in the end. He always seemed to know best – of course that was very idealistic – but for the show it worked. We know that not all fathers are so wise and not all families turn to their father for help – often turning to mother as well – and even others inside and outside the family.

Where do we turn when we have need? Growing up I often thought my father could have played the part of Jim Anderson. Sadly my father has been gone from this earth for four years come September. I so wish I still had him to talk to and get sage advice from for sure. My mother has dementia and hasn’t been with us for several years either so I have lost both parents to turn to in times of need. I often turn to my wife and to others – but ultimately – the One I turn to is my heavenly Father!

Here is today’s passage in partial context – as Jesus was speaking about prayer. Matthew 6:5–8 – 5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Our heavenly Father – our heavenly Parent – is always available and always ready to give sage advice. Our heavenly parent will never get sick or die. God will always be on point and on time. Of course – God wants us to turn to Him more often that when we have troubles. God wants us to turn our hearts to Him daily – even moment by moment.

We’re urged to not make a show of our relationship with God but to do so – often in private – developing the Parent/child relationship that is idealistic and in real life. Pray often – listen much and allow God to speak with your heart and mind.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 15, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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