Breaking Free of the Patterns of Your Fathers




Psalm 78 is an appeal to break free from the bad patterns of the fathers of the past and to establish good ones. Breaking the inferior patterns of our fathers is a challenge for all men. Even the best fathers pass on some of their flaws to their offspring. None of us had perfect fathers and they left the marks of their imperfections on all of us. As we will leave the marks of our own imperfections on our children, so we need to lean on the Lord and teach our children to lean on the Lord. The tough part about this is that breaking with the past and making new patterns can be a painful, slow going, and often frustrating business. Amos reveals to us how devastating this problem can be. He said of the men in his day, ?Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed.? Amos 2:4b

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