Happy Father’s Day?
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Let me begin by saying I hope all of the fathers out there are truly happy and blessed today. I also want to remind you that being a father is not hard. Men are becoming fathers every day. Some of them may not be old enough to even be considered men but they are now fathers.
While it is easy to become a father becoming a good father is a completely different matter. To be a good father takes time and work. Good fathers spend time with their children. Good fathers teach their children about life. Sadly there are too many who are content to father a child but will not be a good father to the child.
While not every father is a good father there are a lot of good fathers out there. But there is another type of father who is even better than the good father, the godly father. The godly father is not content to teach his son to catch a ball or his daughter how to dance. A godly father desires to teach his children to know God and to follow God.
The world goes to great extreme to protect so many animals from extinction. The same world does not care if the godly father becomes extinct. The world seems to prefer it. In fact the world seems to be actively seeking to destroy the godly father.
Of course the greater power behind these attacks on fathers seeking to do God’s will is the devil. Fortunately for fathers everywhere, if we know God there is one in us who is greater than he that is in the world.
So what are the distinguishing factors that determine whether a man is a good or godly father? The good father teaches his children to get along in this world. The godly father teaches his children to get along with God.
Knowing his own nature as well as that of his children he teaches his children about a suffering savior. He teaches them to seek that savior while they are young and their hearts are tender. He teaches them the importance of serving that savior after they get saved.
His teaching is not by lecture alone though. It is by example. His greatest example may well be prayer. Fathers do not be afraid to let your children see you take your case to the Lord. Do not be afraid to let them see you broken hearted and bearing a burden. Let them see you read his word. Let them see you testify and be active in church. These are the things that will teach them to serve the Lord and if they serve the Lord will you not be a happy father?