Those of you who are fathers of sons may be able to confirm this via personal experience:
There is certainly a time that comes in any father/son relationship when the son becomes taller, stronger, more explosive, quicker, sharper, greater in libido, fitter and more enduring than the father.
This unique time in any family is a time of profound, unknowable significance for the enduring father/son relationship – and the whole family unit – as the potential risks of clashing, enmity and separation increase.
Will this timeless shift in kindred power be as God designs and intends with all His heart, or as the counterfeit accuser of the brethren hopes for it to be?
FIRSTLY, GOD’S WAY: a beautiful, budding harmony as the loving father/son bond matures and deepens with the fresh, overtaking vigour of the son being blessed and released by the secure, selfless, salty wisdom, and time-proven seasoning, of the father. A mutual, reciprocal blessing that showcases both the son’s honour and deference of the elder and the potent, paternal pleasure and delightful pride towards the son. The enduring vintage of familial lineage is the result of the father’s covenant-making and self-sacrifice for the son whose increasing prowess – unhindered – now becomes primarily used to follow and honour the training and love and adoration of the father himself.
SECONDLY, SATAN’S WAY: an increasingly discordant deterioration in the intimate, unconditional exchanges of affection between the father and son, instigated by the unresolved childishness of the father’s adult insecurity, inherited from his very own, from his very own, from his very own. (From. His. Very. Own.) A mutual divergence of kin that is more subconscious than planned, more default than design. The splintering and shattering of familial lineage is the result of the father’s hardened insecurity that ultimately causes him to turn away and amputate the spiritual umbilical, giving rise to jealous separation and full sway to an envious cycle of patriarchal clamour.
As regards to the Body of Christ on Earth – in specific terms of calling, vision and revelation – I believe we are in this twilight zone now where the sons of the kingdom of the coming King are overtaking the historical fathers of faithfulness.
Will the heart-rending, sky-splitting cry of the sons to the fathers, who are running the gauntlet of their own potential hardening, be met with grace and mercy and the curse-smashing turning back towards them?
Beloved, we are on the cusp of eternity with the commensurate danger of the fraying of the very generational bonds that are intended to see us through.
Let us pray Luke 1:17 on behalf of the Body of Christ:
“…and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”