“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5)
Instinctively human beings have a need of a father, who will feed us when we are hungry, love us when we are lonely, and care for us when we are crying. We long for a dad, who will listen to us when we have questions, encourage us when we are discouraged, and discipline us when we do wrong. A father who cares and also takes time with the little things; who extends wisdom when we are concerned, and who most of all prays and seeks to understand God’s will and direction before acting on his own.
God placed within us a desire to be loved by our father. Some fathers do well and others do not. Some are extremely successful, and others fail miserably.
Fortunately, God is the perfect model of a faithful father and He fills the gaps left by our earthly father as we seek Him each day. Therefore we should listen to Him and honor Him in everything that we think, say and do. Fathers need to learn to have a relationship with God, even if they did not or do not have a relationship with their earthly father. This is realized through the reading and understanding of the Scriptures, where a father will gain and grow in wisdom, grace and the ability to raise kids to the glory of God.
Fathers, that have made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior are God’s children and learn from Him and in turn teach their children the truths and treasures of the Bible.
Our heavenly Father deserves our respect and commands our love because He is always there for us and is totally trustworthy. What God says, He does. God our heavenly Father, will not let us down, He knows what we need and when we need it. At times it may feel as if He is not with us, but He is. He is probably speaking but we are not listening. Or it may be He is silent because He wants to grow our faith and trust in Him.
Earthly fathers need to be lifetime learners of how to be faithful fathers; and need to remember that each season of fathering is different. What worked in the last phase of your child’s life needs to be modified through God’s word for the next one. By faith, a father needs to be flexible. Infants need their gentle touch. Children, need their father’s patient and careful instruction. Teenagers need their example of love, obedience and forgiveness. In every phase of life children need a father’s godly wisdom, friendship, time and trust.
Fathers need to look to the Father for guidance and reassurance. Being a faithful father does not mean perfection, but it does mean you depend on the Perfect One. Father’s need to lean on the Lord for His loving care, so they can extend the same.
So what exactly does it take to be truly worthy of such honor? Biblically speaking, it starts when a man chooses a Christian wife wisely, then when he has a child, he is urged to “train up” their children “in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Therefore, godly instruction is primarily the responsibility of the Christian father, applied with a gentle and firm hand to raise his children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
The key to being a good father is his commitment to the Father, which produces, wisdom, discernment, obedience, godly living and godly leadership.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)