In a world saturated with evil, what is a father to do in order to protect his daughter? The answer seems to be: whatever he can. However, an earthly father is not sovereign; he is not in control of his daughter; he cannot fully protect her. “Whatever he can,” therefore will not be good enough. Even if I can protect my daughter from the greater evils in the world, even if I can protect her from predators that would try to hurt her, or depraved young men up to no good, I still cannot protect her fully from the evil that is me or the evil that is her (Ava). That depraved sin nature will corrupt her from within if she sits non-responsive to the preached word from a pulpit of a sinner saved by grace, who is being perfected, but is not yet perfect. I will do my best not to deserve the title of “hypocrite,” but Satan, his armies, her flesh, and my flesh are against my desire for God’s goodness.
What is a father to do?
All we can do is place our trust in the sovereign God to whom our daughters already belong. Our goal should be to present them blameless before their heavenly Father one day due to the cleansing blood of Christ having washed over them through faith in Him alone. Our goal cannot be to “win” our daughters to us, but to win them to Jesus. Thus, a father’s greatest strength is admitting his weakness while using every avenue he can to pour out the love of Christ on his daughter. Her only hope however is his only hope as well: Salvation by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Sadly, she can be “daddy’s girl,” and still go to hell. But, if she’s the daughter of our Heavenly Father, she has eternal life in Christ forevermore, and He will be there for her when we cannot be. Therefore, Fathers, protect your daughters from your “deity” by sending them running from your “deity” to Jesus alone.
May we labor continually to send our daughters running to the only Father who can save them eternally!
What are your thoughts?