Firstly, as we begin today, we need to be considering the lens through which we are seeing things. Secondly, are you looking through the right lens into the situation you find yourself in? Thirdly, is your perspective going through your own understanding and so tainting the reality of the situation? Finally, when you look at something do you think you have the right perspective? Have you gotten to look around? Or are you seeing with tunnel vision?
Let’s check out some examples of what to do:
Seeing through the lens of trusting God
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”– Proverbs 3:5-6
For example, this scripture encourages us to trust in God and to rely on His guidance, rather than our own limited understanding. As a result, when we acknowledge God in all our ways and seek His wisdom, He will lead us in the right direction and make our paths straight.
Seeing from God’s perspective as our vision and understanding are limited
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”– 1 Corinthians 13:12
Similarly, this scripture reminds us that our current understanding is limited and imperfect, but one day we will see and know fully. Furthermore, we can trust in God’s perfect understanding and look forward to the day when we will see Him face to face.
Seeing by bringing the situation to the light
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”– Psalm 119:130
Finally, this scripture tells us that God’s Word, the Bible, gives us light and understanding. Furthermore, by reading and studying the Bible, we can gain a clearer perspective and wisdom for our lives.
Evidence finds that we need to be turning to God and trying to see the situation through His eyes, His Word, and His perspective. Therefore, we can’t be prideful and arrogant and think we have things figured out. What’s more, let’s be the dads who in reverent awe and obedience turn to God and turn entirely away from evil!
This verse provides a valuable lesson for dads who want to be effective in their roles as parents. By applying these principles to our lives as dads, we can be more effective in raising our children to know and love God, and to live according to His will.
Ways to apply today’s verse of the day and see how to be the dads:
- Humility: The first part of this verse teaches us to be humble and not think too highly of ourselves. As a dad, it’s important to recognize that we don’t have all the answers and that we can learn from others, including our children. We should be open to feedback and willing to admit when we’re wrong.
- Reverence for God: The second part of this verse reminds us to fear the Lord and seek to do His will. As dads, we should strive to model a life of faith and obedience to God’s Word for our children. This includes prioritizing time for prayer, worship, and Bible study as a family.
- Avoiding evil: The final part of this verse encourages us to shun evil. As dads, we should be intentional about avoiding sin and temptation in our own lives, as well as helping our children to do the same. This includes setting healthy boundaries, monitoring their media intake, and providing guidance and accountability when necessary.
- Seek wisdom: The verse reminds us not to be wise in our own eyes. As dads, we should seek wisdom from God and from other trusted sources to guide us in our parenting. This includes reading books, seeking counsel from other parents, and being open to learning from our children.
- Practice self-control: The verse encourages us to shun evil. As dads, we should practice self-control in our thoughts, words, and actions. This includes avoiding anger and reacting in love, even in difficult situations.
- Lead by example: The verse reminds us to fear the Lord. As dads, we should lead by example and model a life of reverence for God. This includes being intentional about attending church, serving others, and prioritizing our relationship with God.
- Show love and compassion: As dads, we should show love and compassion to our children, just as God shows us love and compassion. This includes being patient, kind, and understanding, and providing emotional support when our children need it.
- Be present: The verse encourages us to be humble. As dads, we should prioritize our relationships with our children and be present in their lives. This includes being physically and emotionally available, listening to their concerns, and making time for special activities together.
- Discipline with grace: As dads, we have a responsibility to discipline our children when they misbehave. However, we should do so with grace and kindness, just as God disciplines us with love. This includes being clear about expectations and consequences, but also offering forgiveness and a chance to make things right.
- Encourage faith: The verse reminds us to fear the Lord. As dads, we should encourage our children to grow in their faith and to seek God’s will for their lives. This includes praying with them, sharing our own faith stories, and providing opportunities for them to learn and grow in their relationship with God.