We need to model repentance to our
sons, and we need to teach them dili-
gently how to do things diligently.
Here are some questions we need to be
asking our sons—and working through
with them—if we want to redeem our
time to the glory of God:
• How do you respond to the tasks you
are asked to do?
• How do you approach tasks you are not
anxious to do?
• What is your typical response when asked
to do something hard or demanding?
• Is there any known duty you are presently putting off?
• Are you, in any area of your life, chasing fantasies and avoiding obvious work
that God has put at your fingertips?
• Have you become an expert rationalizer
to excuse yourself from known duty?
And dads, even in speaking to his sons,
Solomon uses the word “man.” Unfortunately, fabricating lions in the street isn’t
something that we naturally outgrow
with the passing of time. We need to
work on this perhaps even harder than
our sons do. I know that’s been true in
my own life.
Once you have had this kind of confessional and confrontational conversation with your son, consider studying the
deeds of these four men who faced real
lions in the Bible:
David: Duty and Preparation to
Face a Giant
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant
used to keep his father’s sheep, and when
a lion or a bear came and took a lamb
out of the flock, I went out after it and
struck it, and delivered the lamb from
its mouth; and when it arose against me,
I caught it by its beard, and struck and
killed it. Your servant has killed both
lion and bear; and this uncircumcised
Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living
God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord,
who delivered me from the paw of the
lion and from the paw of the bear, He
will deliver me from the hand of this
Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go,
and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel
17: 34-37 (NKJV).
Daniel: Deliverance and
Protection from Evil Plans
“Then the king arose very early in the
morning and went in haste to the den
of lions. And when he came to the den,
he cried out with a lamenting voice to
Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God,
has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the
lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O
king, live forever! My God sent His angel
and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they
have not hurt me, because I was found
innocent before Him; and also, O king,
I have done no wrong before you” Daniel
6: 18-22 (NKJV).
Benaiah: Development and Proof
“Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the
Samson: Demonstration of Power
son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who
had done many deeds. He had killed two
lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had
gone down and killed a lion in the midst
of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed
an Egyptian, a man of great height, five
cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there
was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he
went down to him with a staff, wrested
the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and
killed him with his own spear” 1 Chroni-
cles 11: 22-23 (NKJV).
of the Spirit
“So Samson went down to Timnah with his
father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a
young lion came roaring against him. And
the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon
him, and he tore the lion apart as one would
have torn apart a young goat, though he
had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell
his father or his mother what he had done”
Judges 14: 5-6 (NKJV).
The Bottom Line
Fathers, will our sons feign (imagine)
lions, or face lions? Will they flee lions,
We live—and our boys are growing up—in a society that pampers the flesh,
refuses to do hard things, and that seeks to be entertained