Absent father

Re: Verse reading–2 Samuel 13:1-2, 20-22,30-37, 2 Samuel 14:21-24, 2 Samuel 15:7-14, 2 Samuel 18:6-15, 33 (day one)
According to some recent studies, 40% of American children grow up in a home without a Dad.  The emotional and spiritual cost is high.  To society.  To individuals.  Not less, perhaps, when the Father is present physically, but absent emotionally.  Our RE Verse reading for this week (Thank you FBC for your willingness to read scripture in unity) is the tragic story of David’s relationship with his sons.  Was it busyness?  Was it guilt from the affair with Bathsheba?  What eroded his moral authority?  What made him hesitant to lead?  The scripture never says.  It does report that first Amnon and then Absalom challenged their father’s expectations and authority without any effective response from him.  Impotent with rage.  Filled with remorse.  David helplessly stood by as his family collapsed into crisis.  “He will turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children.”  (Malachi 4:6)  Please God!  Before it is too late.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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