What fond thoughts the word “father” can bring to our minds. I’m thankful for the godly influence my father had on me throughout his life. This year marks six years since his passing, and the sting of standing by his bedside, saying goodbye is still fresh, but I’m thankful that one day I’ll see him again.
God has much to say about the home and He has a lot to say about fathers. It’s both a wonderful and awesome responsibility. We need a standard…God has it. In our lives and in our homes, the standard is to be the Bible – the Word of God.
God says a good father is one who fears the Lord. Our world gives the impression that success is money, materialism or fame, not God. The fear of the Lord is love on its knees. The one who loves God the most fears Him the most. A good father teaches his own by his character, by his integrity, by the way he lives. You see, it is impossible to teach what you do not know. You cannot come from where you’ve not been, and you cannot give what you do not have.
What will our children remember us for? They will remember if we put God first in our lives. Our love for them, our dependability, will all be overshadowed by our love for God. Psalm 127 says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” In this day, it is a hard assignment to raise good, Godly children, but with God’s help, it can be done.
Dads, take time for God in your life. It’s important for you…it’s important for your family.