Happy Father's Day!!!
We live in a time when guidance for children is absolutely necessary. Therefore, it imperative that we understand that one of the most important roles of Father is that of a guide. The essence of fatherhood involves responsibility, commitment, self-sacrifice, unconditional love and integrity from a man who is actively involved in the lives of his children and are aware of their needs. It is for this reason that absent Fathers leave a void in the lives of their children. If we use Jesus as our example, He deeply respected His Father to the point that He said that "I do only what I see my Father do." John 5:19 says, "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." God is the highest and premier example of a Father, so much so that Jesus could literally follow His example fully during the course of His life and ministry here on earth.
In the natural, we see the epitome of a father in Abraham. His character as a father was established so strong until God Himself said "I know Abraham." Genesis 18:19 says, "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." The conversation that was framed here is clearly about children and the future of a nation. God knew that Abraham would lead his children and teach his children to follow after him in righteousness, and become men and women of faith.
As Fathers we have been given the responsibility of shaping the next generation of men and women of God as is clearly stated in the book of Malachi where God challenged the fathers of Israel to understand that their purpose was to raise up godly seed. Malachi 2:15, "And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.”
A father holds the key to how his son will treat a woman and how his daughter will understand a man. None of this discussion suggests that the mother is not important, but it does suggest that the man must be present in order to bring proper balance to the seed or children that spring from a marital relationship. Jacob and Esau are also classic examples of two young men who sought the blessing of their father. It was important to that generation that they not only honor, but also receive the good wishes and blessing of their father.
Finally, Shem and Japheth, Noah's sons, honored their father. Even though Noah had made a mistake they walked backwards and covered him. It is obvious that Noah had done some things right because at least two of his son’s recognized what it meant to love and respect a father.
On this father’s day I am encouraging everyone to respect and honor your father, even the ones who may not have been perfect. The Bible says honor both your father and mother that your days may be long upon the earth. There is a blessing linked to honoring the man you call father.
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