This Minute for Men takes a look at the relationship between fathers and sons. Fathers expect much from their sons, and the same is true from the sons. Sons need to be smart and athletic and responsible. And, fathers need to be perfect.

A look at the relationship of Saul and Jonathan says it all. Saul didn’t like his son having David for his best friend, and Jonathan didn’t like the way Saul led his army. But, in the battle, the final scene of their lives, they were together.

This is the account:

“Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them and many fell slain on Mt Gilboa. The Philistines pressed hard after Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki-Shua. The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically. So Saul and his three sons and his armor bearer and all his men died together that same day” (1 Samuel 31: 1-3, 6).

They died together that day.

A very touching verse found in Jeremiah reads, in part, “I thought you would call me Father” (Jeremiah 3:19).

God the Father was making a plea to His children. Their relationship was strained, but God wanted to be together with His children.

Sometimes our relationship with God is strained, but He never wants to be anything less than our Father. That is why He sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16).

We, too, will find ourselves standing in a battle together with our Father. It will truly be the battle to end all battles–the final scene of Earth’s history. But, unlike Saul and his sons who died together, we will stand with our Father in victory together. Until that day comes, we will have other opportunities to stand with our Father. We stand together with Him when we defend our faith to family, friends and co-workers. We stand together with Him when we accept His correction and guidance.

Let’s remember that even though we don’t always understand His ways, we are in this together.

Do more than call Him Father. Let Him be a Father to you.

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