Whenever we want to understand the important things in life the only place to start is with God’s requirements and definitions.
“Peace with God”: Romans 5.1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. First there is “peace with God”. This is when we surrender and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior.
“Peace of God”: Phillipians5.7, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. It is this “peace of God” that keeps us. This is our walk in Christ each and every day.
Notice that by of way this peace with and of God that a father lies down at night in safety. Furthermore when a father sleeps well; it is God that provides “sweet sleep”.
Psalm4.9 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Prov3.24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
How does a father lie down in sweet sleep and safety? Psalm34.14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The Bible is clear, a father must turn from wrong and seek and pursue peace with God. A father must make a clear decision to first become a man of God. The one thing that successful men in the later years of their career have in common is the lack of peace and happiness. Happiness is a result of peace and peace is a result of a right relationship with God.
An authentic father must be an authentic man of God. God gave father’s the position and the authority to be both leaders and priest of the family, but we cannot exercise this authority without peace. Oh yes we can be the one that gives the orders and makes the demands, but no one can exercise the authority of a god given position without God.
Published on Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 4:09 AM CDT