As mentioned in the previous article, not everyone has the same fate as did Joseph in his story. Some fates are better, while some have worse outcomes. Some could say they didn’t have a father as Joseph did, some could even say they didn’t have a father. Many hope to say that they were fortunate not to have Joseph’s brother crowd.
But my point is, how does one reflect on a father when the word Father God is pronounced? Let us venture further… The prayer “our Father” … Today the term PTSD has opened many formerly unknown and unfamiliar areas in human mental health. How does the word trigger someone who may have experienced some trauma in a family, especially with a “father” figure which drives them to experience God in the same way? Now, step into a man’s mind… what should a man do, or how should he behave when he prays the “Our Father” prayer? Look around you people… having a father today is more of an exception rather than a rule, and having a real man for a father is what?
What should such a person do? What should be done to such a person who, reading “Our Father”, thinks: what is a father? What is a man? What should such a person do? I am talking primarily about men. Living in a family in which there is a father, is already the exception rather than the rule. When Joseph lived in a family, everything was fine with him: he was loved by his father and spoiled like no other brother. He complained, snitched on his brothers and made them angry with his dreams. Finally, they did him what they thought was justice.
Conversely, perhaps Joseph fell into one of the extremes into which any person can fall: for Joseph from his childhood was tempted to become a pansy, sissy or what one could use in modern-day a snowflake. And this temptation eats and destroys many men who grow up and remain dwarfs in their souls. One is not immediately guaranteed to become a good father with a foundation in a good family. In Joseph’s life, the Lord led him through many trials and errors, which could have hardened his heart. He too could have become cold, distant and angry. Only by God’s mercy did Joseph escaped this extreme, as Joseph was wise to reflect God in all his ways. Thus, he became a man and a father in relation to other people.
If you do not become fathers in relation to other people, you are not made men, you do not become like God, you do not reflect God.
Today we should not concentrate on the crippling effect of modern men, we should talk on fatherhood, manhood as God reveals himself. It is a rare occasion to have a conversation with someone who has experienced fatherhood. Unfortunately, it is the crude, rough, rigid and abnormal males who have influenced many today, especially the younger generations. Consequently, when a person has failed to experience a father, it becomes a hard concept to grasp when one hears God the Father. As the word father, triggers a traumatic experience in their life, and God becomes a distant, hard, crude old man with a temper in their minds.
If a person does not know a father, they do not know what God should be.
Therefore, it is a mission and a task to find God the Father. A painful occurrence few manage. Many continue to nurture the pain in their hearts, which turns to resentment on the outskirts of a soul-stealing any delight in life. Instead of breaking out ones, it poisons this person’s life from the inside out, hurting other people in their stead.
I do not want to mislead anyone – unfortunately, this bitterness will have a shadow effect. However, only you may choose to use this bitterness as a saving force or for the purpose of self-destruction. Joseph learned the true meaning of a Father and used his pain to save nations, including becoming a father to his brothers. Today, you can choose to learn the character of God, the primary character of a loving Father, be able to become a father or a mentor to someone.
Finally, if you were brought up in a good family, those who had a father and had something to learn from him; Do not rest on your laurels! You are the owners of a rare treasure that you have no right to keep from other people. By burying this treasure, you become self-destructive and may perish. If you were blessed to experience a manly father with a spark of care, love and freedom to make mistakes, you are obligated with the responsibility of a teacher, and a father figure to young men. Use the Titus 2 responsibility to teach young men in becoming men with a capital letter “M”. Keep in mind, joseph also became a father to the Pharaoh. Use his principled dependence on the Lord, a good experience of being a loved son and the lord’s guidance to be a leader in the example of manhood and fatherhood.
Keep in mind, when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.