If they are dads of faith, God talks to them about their children. Jacob spoke words over his twelve sons, and two grandsons whom he adopted as sons (Joseph’s kids). He declared their place in God’s determined future. Jacob held his words until he lay dying. Consider God’s sovereignty and a man’s knowledge of his children.
Zacharias was an expectant dad who prophesied over his son John on the day of his birth, knowing only what God told him. Consider God’s sovereignty! “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79NASB)
Jacob played his part in granting the family authority to Judah. He gave this position to his fourth son, because of what he knew about his first three sons. His partiality and love for Joseph was revealed in his prophecies over Ephraim and Manasseh. This dad knew his children. Jacob knew their strengths and weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, and even things they did not know that he knew. But most of all, Jacob knew God.
I could have mentioned Joseph, another man of God. He helped raise Jesus, angels talked to him. Amazing things happen when God rewards faith. Dads, consider these things. Merry Christmas