Americans celebrate Father’s Day every year in June. This day, the same as Mother’s Day, is a day to celebrate and remember our fathers or father-figures in our lives. Unfortunately, a lot of children have grown up without a father present in the home, leaving single mothers to raise their children alone. Some mothers became the father, because the father chose to abandon his responsibility as a father. And some may have been pushed away by the mother, due to difficulties in the relationship. There are many reasons why and some truths are not easy to swallow, but we know that Satan’s role is to dissolve the family, by purposefully splitting it apart.
He knows that if the father isn’t present, the mother’s role in raising her children will be very difficult- financially, emotionally and physically. The absence of the father may result in his daughter looking for love and acceptance from men who will only use and abuse them. The absence of the father may also result in his son being angry and abusive towards women who seek to love them. As our society continues to become more and more dangerous, evil and love-less, a father’s role today is more desirable than ever.
A father’s role in the family is very important. His job is to provide for his family, by working, disciplining and nurturing them. It is a sin for the man of the household to become lazy, by not working. For Ecclesiastes 3:13 says; “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” And Psalm 90:17 also says; “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” When the father works, he also teaches his children the importance of working and living a deceit life. God said if we don’t work we shouldn’t eat. And by showing his children how to be a disciplined worker, his children should grow up doing the same.
Disciplining children is an important role of a father. His job is to teach and instruct them in the ways of God. By teaching and showing them how God wants them to live, he will surely raise God-fearing, respectful children. Proverbs 13:1 says; “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.” And Proverbs 22:6 says; “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
If the father doesn’t train his children correctly, they will lead unhappy and dangerous lives. And Satan will become their teacher. Sons may find it in the streets, by joining gangs and others will do bad things to land them in jail. They may even die as a result because they didn’t receive the loving discipline that they were seeking. They chose to disrespect and take from others that they didn’t care about. Daughters may end up giving their bodies away at an early age and having children out of wed-lock. Or seeking to find love and acceptance from “father figures” that are found in the world and on the Internet. But as long as his children receive the love and discipline that God requires, then the world won’t entice his children away. For Ephesians 6:4 says; “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
A father’s nurturing love is the most important role that he has. Children are born seeking love and acceptance from their parents. Because the father is the head of the household, they look to him as the primary caretaker. Usually the mother is responsible for primarily nurturing their children, but the father’s role as a loving caretaker, should resemble the same example God has for us. In Genesis 22:1-14, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. God was testing Abraham to see how much he loved God as well as his son. Right before Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, an angel of the Lord told him to stop. He knew that Abraham loved God so much that he would be willing to sacrifice his son for God. Because Abraham was obedient, God blessed him and his descendants forever.
This scripture gives us a perfect example of a father’s love to God and his son. Even though we may not understand why Abraham would sacrifice his son, his faith in God and love for his son prevailed. Psalm 103:13-14 says; “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
There are many fathers who are present in their children’s lives and God is pleased. Even though they are not perfect, they know that they have a very important role to play in their children’s lives. From providing, to disciplining and taking care of them, these traits can give the children of today more of a blessed future. God the Father gave his only son Jesus. And he died so that we may live forever. He gave the ultimate Father-Son sacrifice.
If today’s fathers would only strive to be like Jesus everyday, then our children will be saved and live a prosperous life. If they are raised respecting God and their parents, then it wouldn’t matter what today’s society tells them. For Matthew 4:17 says; “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Amen.
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