Father's Day by David Burns

Father's Day
David L. Burns
6-14-97


Mark Twain said, "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned."

Charles Swindoll said, "A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living."

I struggled with landing on the right scripture for this sermon. First I landed on Mark 5 and felt and studied the love that Jarius had for his dead daughter that Jesus resurrected. I thought about bringing out that Father's love that will do anything for his child, As God did for us.

Then I of course consider the prodigal Son or as I like to call it, the forgiving father, Luke 15.

I read through King David's mistake he made with his children, and the terrible consequences!

But as I prayed and asked God to move my heart I felt that God led me to II Kings 4:26.

I'll let you start now, to locate II Kings 4 as we prepare to study it.

Today is Father's day. I called my dad this morning. Every Sunday, he and my mother go to their church's early service, so I called him about 7:30 and told him how much I love and appreciate him. Probably most of you get tired of hearing me talk about my dad so much, but he is just an incredible person. This morning, and whenever I talk to my dad, he always will ask these 3 questions:

1. How are you, Dave.
2. How is Sheri
3. How are the children.

I want to share with you an incredible story from II Kings 4. This story demonstrates and makes real to us, the love of a father, and the importance of a family committed to God.

Elisha asked the Shunammite woman 3 questions, and they are the same questions my dad asks me:

Elisha said in verse 26 "Are you alright? Is your husband alright? Is your child alright?"

Today, I want you to consider the answers to these three questions. Depending on whether you are a husband, a wife or a child, you may want to change the questions. For example, if you are not married, then ask: How am I really doing? Then ask "How are my parents really doing?"

That question Elisha told his servant to ask really hit me hard, because I believe we have within this verse one of those gold nuggets to live by. Because this question tell us what is really important in life! People! Elisha didn't say, "Did someone steal your possessions?" Or "Is my room okay or did it burn down?" He didn't say, "Did you hear some bad news about me?"

The order of this question is significant because think about it. If you aren't okay, then the people around you aren't going to be okay! Dad's, Mom's if you aren't okay, then your spouse isn't going to be okay--right? Hey, if you are depressed, they aren't going to walk around all smiley face...for one thing you aren't going to let them--anybody hear me? You know what I'm talking about. We are like this, when we are mad! We want everyone els ...


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