A Father's Hand
Sunday, June 19, 2004
ILLUS: J. F. Carter relates the following childhood story...
As a boy in Oklahoma, my family would spend a lot of time on the creeks and rivers. As a small boy my Dad would take me by the hand and would wade out to the sandbar in the streams. The swift water was dark and often over my head, but how I loved and enjoyed the water, because of my father's hand. My father is dead, now, and if asked, "What do you miss about your Dad?" it would be his hand.
Let me encourage you today by this: All of us have a hand we can hold on to. It is the hand of God. We can remember the words of the Psalms: "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (139:9, 10).1
This morning I want us to consider our message; "The Hand of a Father." And as we listen to the message, I would like to make several comparisons between our Father in heaven, and the fathers God has given us here on earth...for in truth, our earthly father is to be an exact portrait or image of our heavenly Father: 1 Cor. 11:7b, "Forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God..."
Let us consider three things about "A Father's Hand."
I. A Father's Hand Is a Hand of Comfort
II. A Father's Hand is a Hand of Instruction
III. A Father's Hand Is a hand of Safety
I. A FATHER'S HAND IS A HAND OF COMFORT
I Thess. 2:11, "As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children"
Can you imagine anything more comforting to a little boy or little girl, than to have a father place is hand on their head--give a little pat, and say, "Listen honey, everything is okay. I love you--daddy's right here."
There is something gentle, and yet strong and reassuring about a father's hand--that special touch that brings comfort. Consider with me for a moment...
** The memories ...
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