Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.This is how Leo Tolstoy began his major novel, Anna Karenina. It's easy to find people bewailing the state of the modern family. We look around and everywhere we look, we see unhappy families with their own disaster areas. Some of them look OK on the surface but have rot underneath; some flaunt their messy drama in public.
But this is nothing new. Some years ago I was putting together a Father's Day lesson for an adult class. As I looked for Biblical examples of fathers, I was surprised to realize that practically every family we see described in the Old Testament was flawed, some massively so. Even giants of the faith had messy families. God asks a whole lot of us!
He gives us an assignment that is basically impossible for us in our own strength. Even Abraham and Sarah made a lapse in faith of which the fallout is still with us, when they tried to "help" fulfill the prophecy of an heir. David, the "man after God's own heart" had sons who were literally mortal enemies, one of which rebelled agains his father. Solomon, the wisest man in the world, turned his back on the true God and produced a son who was world-class historically stupid, and lost the larger part of his father's kingdom.