By PASTOR TOMMY POPHIN
There is an old blues-turned-pop song-turned-country based on an old short story by Flannery O’Conner called “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”
Of course, the song advises women that if you find a good man, hang onto him. Even rarer, though, is that “A good father is hard to find.” One difference is that children have no say concerning who their father will be. But fathers do get to decide what kind of dad they will be.
As we celebrate Father’s Day, let’s think about “a good father.” The Bible has some great examples of good fathers. There is one father in the Holy Scripture that has always impressed me above all others. He is Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph. There are just a few accounts of Joseph’s life, but each one is impressive. I’d like to share them with you.
First, Matthew 1:18-21 says, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’”
Second, Matthew 1:24-25 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave Him the name Jesus.”