Who is Your Father?
I heard an internationally known minister say, “There is no lack of fathers, only a lack of sons.” Perhaps the following verse is one of the reasons that Fathers have such a time finding sons.
You must submit to and endure (correction) for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not (thus) train and correct and discipline? Hebrews 12:7 (AMP)
A good father not only loves and encourages his sons but he also disciplines those that are true sons.
1 Samuel 3:13 tells us that Eli the priest was not a good father. He let his sons do as they pleased and they became perverse, rebellious, young men who had no regard for their father or anyone else.
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:12 (KJV)
Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord’s people to transgress. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them. 1 Samuel 2:22-25 (KJV)
What a tragedy. One played out too often today by men who can sire, but not father; by sons who want the inheritance, but don’t intend to pay the price of discipleship.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
The word “train” is the word used for discipline, or disciple. “Disciple a young man in the way he should go . . .” would fit here.