Posted by: missionventureministries | June 20, 2019

FOR A FATHER TO THINK ABOUT – Proverbs 17:6

“Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.” (Proverbs 17:6) 

A good father is one who provides and is always there when the child needs him. 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us “…if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

We live in a day in which many men have abandoned their responsibility of providing for their wives and children. But being a good father is more than just bringing home a paycheck and meeting the physical needs of your children. It’s not enough to just be a good father according to the world’s standards; because, they also need to be the spiritual leaders in their homes.

Currently we are suffering from a lack of “fatherhood” in the world. Fathers are abdicating their responsibilities and leaving children to be reared solely by their mother, grandmother, relative, or the state system. And while these do their best, a dad cannot be replaced.

The Bible teaches that, “the glory of children are their fathers,” however, this does not happen automatically. It requires a father who looks at his responsibility to lead his family and who seeks to fulfill that responsibility not for just a day, or a week, or a year; but seeks to do his best before God throughout his life.

The Bible tells us that men should bring up their children “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) and the warning is to “not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged” (Colossians 3:21). Biblical messages to fathers frequently reflect the very real societal need for family discipline and godly leadership in the home; “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Remembering that correction is good and will bring a child to their senses by removing their foolish thoughts (Proverbs 22:15). Every parent who loves their children establishes rules. We need to teach our children that there are boundaries, rules and regulations.

When a father establishes boundaries his child’s character is strengthened. Our children need to know there is a difference between what the world says is okay and what God says is okay. They need to know that there is an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, unchanging God who has given us a standard of conduct to live by. The Bible teaches that keeping God’s commandments and standards invites God’s blessings and that violating them invites His discipline.

Although this verse certainly implies godly leadership, the immediate focus is on the children. We are told that children, receive “glory” from their fathers! So how is this to come about?

When this verse speaks about glory, in the biblical sense, it centers on the value, the worthiness, or the reputation of the person. For instance, the Scripture teaches that the Lord Jesus “shall come in the glory of his Father” (Matthew 16:27; Mark 8:38), and that the reputation of God the Father was conferred on Christ Jesus: “For He received from God the Father honor and glory” (2 Peter 1:17).

So, fathers need to learn this critical principle. Your reputation is reflected onto your children. Your behavior in the workplace is assumed to be an indicator of your children’s potential. What you say or do in moments of unguarded or uncontrolled passion will pass on to your children; for good or bad. The common saying “like father, like son” is recognized across time and culture as an accurate measure of human existence.

We also need to remember that the old saying that actions speak louder than words is so true when it comes to teaching our children. The example we live has much more influence on them than anything we could ever say. Children learn by what they see their parents doing.

The Lord warns that “the iniquity of the fathers” will be passed “upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:7). Would it not be far better that children receive glory from your righteous life than shame from your iniquity? (Psalm 89:45)

So let us follow the beautiful example the Bible gives to us in Deuteronomy 6:5-9 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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