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Every Sunday A Psalms: Father's Day

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 90:1-17 KJV
(1) A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
(2) Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
(3) Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
(4) For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
(5) Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
(6) In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
(7) For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
(8) Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
(9) For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
(10) The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
(11) Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
(12) So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
(13) Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
(14) O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
(15) Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
(16) Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
(17) And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Today June 19, 2016 is Fatherís Day. It is a special Day for Fatherís to reflect on what it means to be a father. If one follows our Heavenly Father example along with love, would one find a wrathful Father on his children? What it means to be a father and raise children is to help instruct the life of a young person, so that they will grow up with discipline, love, hope, and adhere to good instruction. The punishment of earthly father should not be over bearing but fitting the nature of the crime.

Moses had fasted the last three years in the wilderness wanting God to return. The miracles of his early ministry to return. The story that follow Israel through the desert was a story that kept their enemies in fear of them. No doubt Moses longed for normalcy, but was not receiving it in his life. Moses even talks to God about his timetable not being like ours.

If one compares the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of Israel, one might ask which was worse. The scorching heat of the desert or the seven plagues demonstrated before the final judgment. God allowed one generation to pass away of Israel in the wilderness. Yet at the time of Moses Prayer only three years had passed. It would take about 40 years for the old to die that travel in Mosesí early years. They people doubted God so much and His ability to bring them to and through the promise land, that God waited for them to die. He did not kill them, he allowed another generation to learn about faith that had not seen what the elders had witnessed in Egypt.

Does Our Heavenly Fatherís punishment and warth fit his children and the enemy. God has mercy on his children even when they lack in faith. Giving them time to learn about their errors. To the enemy wrath of God comes quickly. Godís gentle protection over his people is continual.

Our earthly fatherís are often seen as the protector of their families. Yet they can not always protect their children. They grow up and move away, and learn to fight their own battles. Hopefully a person learn from good examples in their life and hopefully their parents.

My husband often talks of how his father defended him to the principal at school but it did not mean correction never came at home if he was wrong. God love his children. There times when parents would love to destroy their children but they rather correct them. God the same way with us. Perhaps if you think about it, God people have eternity with God, so they better learn in this earth about the reason for correction and not the next.

Dear Heavenly Father as we think of you turning your back on Israel for a time because of unbelief. May we remember it is only until correction can come. Instruct the fatherís of our land to teach their children will and the consequences of their actions. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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