God filled this world with uncountable multitudes of molecules and gave them to us in a multitude of ways. God assembles the molecules into flaming spheres of heat and light, summer berries, cool streams, and all manner of other God-sent blessings.
Sinful man, as he runs from God, insists that he deserves all the things. When heâ€™s deprived of any of his wishes he throws a fitâ€“â€“which he cleverly calls a protest. The nanny-state steps in to ape generosity, but this is just disguised theft. In our reformational efforts, we aim to build a culture which obeys & imitates God. One of the places we must begin is in imitation of our Heavenly Fatherâ€™s generosity.
This means that fathers, in particular, are tasked with being models of Godâ€™s generosity; not only the generosity itself, but also the order of His generosity. Jehovah blessed Abraham in order to bless the nations (Gen. 18:18). Otherwise generous men often get the sequence backwards. He writes large checks to charities, gives Benjamins to panhandlers, helps friends out of financial jams; but heâ€™s the stingiest of Scrooges towards his family. Heâ€™ll lecture his family when they make requests of him to meet some pressing need or reasonable desire, while convincing himself heâ€™s just being a good steward of the resources God gave him.
Of course, this isnâ€™t a call to live outside your means, or to indulge sinful whims. Nevertheless, fathers, youâ€™re called to make the economy of your home famous for joyful generosity. Your wife & kids should find you to be a fountain of wise bounty. Fathers, send a steady stream of joyful generosity cascading down upon the heads of your wife, your children, and your childrenâ€™s children. In so doing, you exemplify Godâ€™s free grace to your children, leaving them no appetite for Uncle Samâ€™s gravy train