“Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.
Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.”
In the four books of the Old Testament, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy we see a beautiful relationship unfolding between Moses and Joshua.
Joshua became the next leader to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land.
He was also responsible for distributing the land amongst the 12 tribes.
Joshua became Moses aide attending mundane chores – always at his side –paying utmost attention and observing him.
Watching Moses Joshua began to learn leadership qualities and understanding the dynamics involved in leading such great mass of rebellious people.
Eventually Moses became his spiritual father.
Joshua had opportunity to observe the following character traits in Moses:
A. Man of God
Moses feared God obeyed HIM with unwavering faith.
Joshua understood that God’s hand was upon Moses.
B. Man of Prayer
Joshua saw Moses pleading with God – praying to God on behalf of the Israelites.
Joshua watched Moses closely pouring out his heart before God.
His prayers resulted into miracles after miracles as God provided the needs of Israel.
Joshua witnessed to the power of prayer in Moses life first hand.
C. Man of Courage
Moses was the most courageous man to undertake such responsibility of freeing the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage.
He also led the people out of bondage and struggled with them throughout their desert journey.
Joshua watched every bit of it and developed that courage to lead the people after Moses death.
D. Man who saw God face to face
Joshua watched closely and understood Moses was having an encounter with the Living God.
He saw the two tablets first hand written by the finger of God.
Joshua feared Moses for the very fact that he was with God for such a long time alone.
Joshua knew within his heart that Moses had an intimate and very deep personal relationship with God Almighty.
This truth impacted Joshua greatly and he also sought God's presence and HIS power.
Moses was indeed his spiritual father guiding him, teaching him many things.
Joshua learnt that Moses was humble, obedient, trusted God with unwavering faith, and willing to do extra-ordinary things in life.
Joshua understood what it takes to be leader, not just a leader but also a spiritual leader.
Today many men are in the position of influencing the young in many ways.
The question is how matured men are helping the young people with their own life examples.
Many men don’t have to be real fathers – any God fearing man can be a spiritual leader to the young to teach them lessons of life.
From Moses and Joshua relationship all men can lessons to become spiritual fathers.
Are you man of prayer, man of courage, man of God and living always in the fear of God?
We the grownups don’t know who are observing us and trying to follow our footsteps.
May the Lord grants us the privilege to nurture, mentor, and counsel the young to reach their potential as spiritual fathers.