HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Let me take this precious Opportunity to wish a Happy Father's Day to all my brothers here, and in case you're not feeling exactly happy let me tell you a story.
The current Boxing Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, was born 7 weeks premature, and he actually died three times inside the Neonatal ICU.
He was the size of a paperback book and his father said the baby could fit exactly on his palm. Doctors gave the infant fifty-fifty chances of survival. But the boy's father intercepted and said he would not only survive but live on to be a champion of the world.
The father's words carried the day, as the boy recently stopped the hitherto unbeaten Bronze Bomber in a historic trilogy. Somehow the dad understood the law 'When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up..' (Job 22:29)
When Benjamin was being born, the mother was in great pain and she was actually dying. So she named him after her situation, Son of my Sorrow, Benoni. But luckily the father was around the maternity ward and he intercepted quickly and named him Son of my Right Hand, Benjamin. And that's what he became, both him and his generations.
Among Benjamin’s elite troops, 700 were left-handed, and each of them could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth without missing. (Judges 20:16)
Your position as a father has immense power if you learn how to wield it. You can order the destiny of your children to line up, even if you had delayed to do it at birth.
Jabez corrected his situation midlife, even without a father to do it. His mother, again, had birthed him in pain and named him after the situation. But upon realising it he said a short but very effective prayer and his life turned around. (1 Chro 4:9)
There was yet another woman who named her son after the situation. He was born when Israel had lost the war and their national symbol carried away, so she called the boy Ichabod, meaning 'No glory.' (1 Samuel 4:21)
In the first two cases of Tyson Fury and Benjamin the fathers corrected the situation. A warning for us to hang aroud maternity ward and arrest situations as fathers.
In the second case Jabez corrected the situation himself.
In the third case of Ichabod nobody corrected it, at least as far as we're told. So the man lived without glory just because of the circumstances of his birth.