Fathers have a role of great responsibility in the lives of their children. In many ways, earthly fathers are representatives of the Heavenly Father in that they are to love, protect, and provide for their families.
The greatest responsibility of a father is to live a godly life before his children, so that they, too, will grow up to be godly men and women who know and love the Lord.
Since we are celebrating Father’s Day today, I want to take this opportunity to point out some of the characteristics that godly fathers possess.
We can learn a lot about fatherhood from the life of Abraham. As you know, God promised to make Abraham “The father of many nations” (Gen. 17: 5). God told Abraham that his seed would be as the sand upon the sea shore. But it wasn’t until years later that Abraham’s wife Sarah gave birth to their son Isaac. Isaac represented the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promise.
GENESIS 22: 1, 2
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt (prove) Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And He (God) said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
In this passage of Scripture, God told Abraham to do something that was extremely difficult – to give his only son as an offering to the Lord! But I want you to notice how Abraham responded to God’s command.
GENESIS 22: 3
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
By his actions, Abraham demonstrated one of the qualities of a godly father – FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE TO GOD. God’s command to Abraham was necessary at that time to prove Abraham’s commitment. God doesn’t require such sacrifices of us, but the point is, a godly father obeys God even when it hurts; he obeys God even when he doesn’t want to. When a father has to decide between what he want to do and obeying God, a godly father will always say, “Lord, not my will, but Thy will be done.”
By seeking to obey God, a godly father always displays the quality of having Focused Priorities. Our study of Abraham reveals that he had his priorities in order. He placed God’s will for his own life above everything else. Abraham loved Isaac very much, but Abraham wasn’t going to allow even his love for his son to prevent him from obeying God.
Focused priorities are qualities of a godly father. And in the home, a godly father makes his family the top priority. A father must take the place as leader of the family – head of the home – so that the other family members can find where they fit in. But the godly father does not assume this role in a
dictatorial manner. In my home, I lead my family in a loving manner, but they know the Lord has appointed me as the head of the home. “Happy Fathers Day to all of our fathers in the house!”
Word For Today: Successful Father
The successful father spends quality time on things that matter the most - things that will make the difference in the life of their children.
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;