A father had three grown children, two sons and a daughter.
One son was divorced. The other son was getting ready to file for a divorce.
The parents had never liked their son’s wife and had tried everything they could to split the marriage and find him another wife.
The sons and the father had a broken relationship. It was so bad, if either son even saw him in a store, they walked down another aisle to avoid him.
There was much bitterness and hatred.
Yet this was a father who was very involved in church, even in prominent leadership roles.
The father attended an event where he heard about God’s promise and provision to fathers, God’s blueprint for the family, and the Biblical role of the father.
God turned the heart of this father in a very significant way… toward his sons, toward his family.
He was so convicted about his failure as a father, he asked himself…
“Is it too late? I’ve already done my child rearing. My children are adults now.”
He wrote 12 letters to his sons. Letters of repentance…
“Would you please forgive me for not being the father to you I should have been?”
“I didn’t know I was supposed to do anything with you?”
“I didn’t know how to call you out as sons?”
“I want to minister to you now.”
“I want to be the father to you that God intended me to be.”
As the father did that, and his heart was turned toward his children, God turned the hearts of his children to him.
The first son turned his heart to God for the first time, came to his father, and began to confess to him things he had done wrong.
The 2nd son, on the very day of filing divorce papers, after listening to the teachings from the event the father attended, was so convicted that he confessed his own sins and turned his heart to seek God.
His wife said when he walked in the door, she immediately knew something had changed his life. She said “I want that” and came with him to his parents for counseling! The parents confessed to the daughter-in-law how they had not loved her and all the things they done against her.
The dad sent the teaching messages to his daughter. Her husband listened.
The daughter said it completely changed his heart and turned his heart toward his family.
God healed this family!
It is a testimony of God’s promise to broken families:
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers…” ~Malachi 4:5-6
God keeps His word. He will turn the hearts of a family back to the fathers when the heart of the father is turned to the children.
Norm Wakefield will be sharing this teaching at the Dad Summit, the first-of-its-kind LIVE webinar event for dads. It starts this Sunday night at 9pm Eastern. There is still time to save $15 on Advance Registration.
Blessings to you and your family,