"David the Father"Stuart Jones“Father Knows Best” was a popular television sitcom back in the late 1950’s and early ‘60’s. Jim Anderson (played by Robert Young) was the perfect example of a father who was kind, wise and loving with his family. He always solved each and every problem that arose and situations always turned out happily in the end. It was a very popular show at the time and fun to watch, but certainly not reflective of real life or of real everyday fathers. Then there’s King David. He was a father to many children but he didn’t provide them with the wise council that Jim Anderson did to his children. David watched as his children sinned in some very significant ways. Some of their sins were even a result of David’s own selfishness and sin, but nevertheless, their sin brought David much heartache. He was a father, and he did what most all fathers do--he loved his children. A father’s love goes a long way in raising a child to be a well-adjusted adult. Perhaps when fathers today read about the struggles David had as a father, they are comforted knowing that even King David didn’t always get it right. The Bible has advice for fathers: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) The important lesson to learn from David is that through all his mistakes, he never stopped trying.