As a Father Comforts

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12— For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,  encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Jesus’ Heavenly Father knew His Son needed an earthly Father for supporting those crucial years of a boy becoming a man.  Joseph, a kind and righteous man, provided the guidance, encouragement and comforting that earthly fathers offer to their children.  Joseph was found to be worthy of God for such an important role in the life of Jesus.

All fathers are called to mirror our Heavenly Father.  In love, a father must urge his naturally rebellious children to live upright and righteous lives.  As an encourager, he is there to be the foundation upon which that child’s character is built and shaped for adulthood.  As a comforter, he is the source of strength in troubled times, always faithful and steadfast.

Joseph exemplified a life worthy to be the adoptive father of the Son of God.  Our Lord grew up knowing a special father’s care and comfort on earth as well as in heaven.

E. Gibson