Today Todd and I continue our devotional series based on the book “Time With God for Fathers,” from Jack Countryman.  This devotional is meant to encourage fathers (and really all parents) with scripture that can guide them as they raise their children.

Our first scripture today deals with when trouble comes around.  It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s what we do with trouble that really matters.  Depend on God for wisdom!

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

We’re also sharing about fear today.  We all deal with aspects of it and need to remember to walk in the power of the Lord’s spirit:

Psalm 27: 1 and 3
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?

Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

We also are sharing about how we can get the courage to be a father of integrity.  Honesty and integrity, as Jack writes, are “the blueprint for the man God wishes you to be.”  Yes, integrity is God-ordained, but it also benefits and blesses us.

Proverbs 11:1-3
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.
When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe