2010-03-08 - Parental Lessons from Adam
The Good, the Bad, and the Godly ~ Part 6
Earth's First Dad
Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him." Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time, men began to call on the name of the LORD. (Genesis 4:25-26)
While Adam was the first human being, the first husband, and first earthly dad, we never learn anything about his parenting skills. Genesis gives a detailed account of what it was like for Adam to communicate with God, his relationship with wife Eve, the results of what happened when they disobeyed God - but leaves out interactions between Adam and his kids.
We learn that Adam and Eve's son Cain killed his brother Abel, and then was banished from the family, due to the killing. Later, Eve and Adam had Seth, and other unnamed sons and daughters. What lessons could we learn from the first dad? I am sure Adam did not bypass struggles as a parent, but his role as a father is vague. Thankfully, our spiritual and heavenly Father is not a mystery.
No matter the circumstances, no matter why you need an extra parent in your corner, choosing God as a heavenly father is always an option. No matter if we've treated the Father who knew us first the worst, He is there for us. God does not want us because He is bored, or for vanity's sake. He doesn't have a cap of how many kids He'll take under His wing. It is up to you. God's already chosen us. He has all this acceptance, love, and time to shower upon us, waiting for us to decide if we're willing to take a chance, to put ourselves in yet another vulnerable position and have a relationship with Him.
Who is this heavenly father?
Lord, May I never limit You. I admit I have blamed You for a lot of things. I never believed You could love someone like me. I am ready to take that step and believe. Please forgive me for the wrong choices and mistakes I've made. I want to make things right, and so I turn my life over to You. Show me what it means and takes to be Your child. Bring people into my life that can help me, instead of tearing me down. Help me to accept and receive all the love and blessings Your son Jesus died for me to obtain. I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.