What Does Our Heavenly Father Want for Father’s Day?

Text — Hosea 6:6

  1. Introduction
    1. Father’s Day, Christmas, and my birthday are always frustrating for my family. I’ve reached an age where I’ve accumulated about all I want or need. So. When the kids ask, “What can we get you, Dad?”
      My response is, “What I need, I get. What I want you can’t afford. Truly, a call and a card is all I want.”
    2. I got to thinking about that the other day, and I asked God, “What do you want for Father’s Day? Talk about having all you could want or need. In Ps 50:12 God says, “If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.” In the same Psalm he says, “I have no need of a bull from your stall or goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine” (Ps 50:9-11). So I did a little survey of through the Bible and here’s what God says he wants:
  2. What our Heavenly Father Wants for Father’s Day
    1. First of all, what God does not want is sacrifice (Ps 51:16; Hosea 6:6). It’s like the ugly necktie we often get. God really doesn’t want it.
      1. The context of that statement was payment for sin. The idea here is that we sometimes think that we can gain or maintain God’s favor by a significant sacrifice, something that costs us a lot. God said, that’s not what I want.
        1. The truth is that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more; and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less.
        2. However, there are a couple of sacrifices that he delights in.
      2. He love the sacrifices of praise (Hebrew 13:15)
      3. and thanksgiving (Ps 50:14)
    2. Steadfast love (Hosea 6:6a)
      1. I want mercy and not sacrifice
      2. I want steadfast love and not sacrifice
      3. I want your loyalty and not sacrifice.
      4. Hebrew is hesed – covenant loyalty, steadfast love.
      5. More than anything else God want us to love Him and others the way he loves us.
    3. I want you to know me more (Hosea 6:6b)
      1. I tell my children, what I really want is a card and a call; if you can come home, that’s even better. I want your presence.
      2. That’s what God wants from us. He wants us to get to know Him better. We come into His presence through prayer; we discover His thoughts, values, priorities, and preferences by reading the Bible.
    4. I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High (Ps 50:14)
      1. We have all made promises to God. He just wants us to keep them.
      2. The other day I received a sizeable check from one of my children. They had borrowed some money from me. They promised to repay it. They kept their promise and that’s what God wants us to do for him.
    5. I want you to call on me in the day of trouble (Ps 50:15)
      1. Adversity is what makes strong, independent children. However, there is a difference between struggling through adversity and needless suffering.
      2. God wants us to call on him in the day of trouble. In His wisdom he will allow us to struggle and become strong, but he will never abandon us, and He will provide just what we need.
    6. I desire truth in your innermost being (Ps 51:6)
      1. Integrity! God hates dishonesty. That’s why he despises hypocrisy. He wants us to live brutally honest lives.
    7. Sing to the Lord and make music on the harp (Ps 147:7)
    8. Finally, I delight in those who fear me and put their hope in my unfailing love (Ps 147:10-11)
  3. Conclusion
    1. Well, that’s what God says He wants for Father’s Day. And you know, that just what I want from my children also.