The Father Knows Best – Day 1

The Father Knows Best - Tony Evans

The search continues for dad-related devotions and I found this one titled “The Father Knows Best” by Dr. Tony Evans. This devotional is interesting as it speaks to “major loss or difficult setbacks or emotional turmoil” and how “it can be a temptation to fall prey to despair.” As we spend the next three days going through this devotional we will get to hear about how “he found peace through hanging on to hope“. We each have things we have, are, or will be going through and the more tools we can put in our toolbelt to help us press on the better prepared we will be to thrive for the glory of God! Let’s be the dads who are looking for ways to lean in on God when the world starts to press in on us because we know that we can trade our sorrows for the joy of the Lord! Let’s pause for a moment and allow a song to get us prepared for God’s Word and the message of hope from Dr. Tony Evans.

Trading My Sorrows sung by Third Day

Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional lesson:

‘I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.’

Psalms 3:5-6

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’

Proverbs 3:5-6

God knows what we have need of even before we ask, so why should we be surprised when His Word speaks to us right where we are at? God’s Word is alive and active and sharper enough to get right to the point, “it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

So let’s be the dads who do not go through this life alone or try to do it all in our own strength! Let’s be the dads who trust God and allow Him to sustain us! Let’s be the dads who are fearless because we are trusting and leaning on God so much that even if or when “tens of thousands assail me on every side” we can say “I will not fear“.

Let’s be the dads who “trust in the Lord with all your heart“. Let’s be the dads who “lean not on our own understanding“. Let’s be the dads who submit to God in all our ways! Let’s be the dads who walk so closely to God and in such an intimate relationship with God that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us to the point of making our paths straight!

Today’s devotional has been provided by The Urban Alternative (Tony Evans) (

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
(check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
How could I remain hopeful

hope (noun) · hopes (plural noun)
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen:
"he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information" · "I had high hopes of making the Olympic team"
aspiration · desire · wish · expectation · ambition · aim · plan · dream · daydream · pipe dream · longing · yearning · craving · hankering
a person or thing that may help or save someone:
"their only hope is surgery"
optimism · grounds for hope · promise · light at the end of the tunnel
grounds for believing that something good may happen:
"he does see some hope for the future"
hopefulness · optimism · expectation · expectancy · confidence · faith · trust · belief · conviction · assurance
a feeling of trust:
"our private friendship, upon hope and affiance whereof, I presume to be your petitioner"
Hope as a noun
hope (verb) · hopes (third person present) · hoped (past tense) · hoped (past participle) · hoping (present participle)
want something to happen or be the case:
"he's hoping for an offer of compensation" · "I hope that the kids are OK"
expect · anticipate · look for · wait for · be hopeful of · pin one's hopes on · want · wish for · dream of · hope against hope for
despair of
intend if possible to do something:
"we're hoping to address all these issues"
aim · intend · be looking · have the/every intention · have in mind · plan · aspire
Hope as a verb

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