“If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?  Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?”  (Luke 11:11-12)
        There are times in our lives that we have serious needs and beseech our Heavenly Father to grant us our desires.  I know for a fact that I have never besought God for anything worthwhile and He substituted something inferior or something that would be injurious to me.  God just does not work like that—He is a faithful God.
        There is not a father who sincerely loves his children who will do things to hurt or hinder them in any way.  As a matter of fact, a father who loves his children will many times go beyond his limits in order to provide for his children.  But, we obviously have many fathers today who seem not to love their children the way they should—and I am talking about Christian fathers as well.
       Our children desire love and we offer friendship or in some cases, money.  Love is something that must be given with real feeling.  Words are not enough at times to convey love and affection.  Love touches and wants to be touched, physically.  Sometimes a sincere hug or caress will benefit a child that is questioning the seriousness of love.
       Our children also need direction and we simply point the way.  Children are very impressionable and will act (or react) more to what they see than to what they hear.  This continues well into adulthood.  It is amazing how often your adult children will look to you for direction when they know the direction is right.
      Our children need the Lord and many will give them the world, rather than the Word.  We show the importance of God in our lives by the way we live and the way we worship.  We send strong messages to our children when we allow other things to become more important than the spiritual life of our family, folks.  When you come down to the end of your life, make sure you have no regrets because you gave your children stones, serpents and scorpions when they looked to you for things worthwhile.
                                                                                                                                                              Pastor H. Preston Parker