Scripture Reference: Deutronomy 6:6-9 : “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
Fatherhood is a phenomenon that is becoming an increasingly rare thing today as a modelled behaviour. Due to high divorce rate in our cultures, we have, but a generation of fathers who grew up without fathers of their own. A good number of men who are fathers today have become so without ever having seen how a father acts and what his role entails.
Like a blind man leading another, many men have entered the role of fatherhood without any direction or guidance or hope of accomplishing the God-given purpose that comes along with fatherhood.
The bible clearly describes the role of a father and it is the duty of every father to make sure that such divine instructions are abided by. This duty, if well-performed, raises a generation of God-fearing offspring. In so doing, the generation will be prevalent with a people sought by the scripture.
Regardless of upbringing, Jesus made a statement to Mary after His resurrection that should encourage all of us: “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and your God'” (John 20:17). From that day forward, no child has ever been an orphan and no male person has ever been left alone to deal with the expectations of fatherhood.
Jesus bridged the gap and gave all of us an open relationship with the greatest Father of all – God Almighty – and in a great show of love, even before we came to this revelation, our Heavenly Father put people in our lives to reflect Him and His love for us.
Maybe it was a teacher or a coach; maybe the father-figure was the grocery store owner who always asked how you were doing. Perhaps God showed Himself to you through a pastor or Sunday school leader. And yet, there may be some reading this who are still thinking; “I didn’t have that in my life”, I understand.
The devil has been an apt counterfeiter for centuries. He has had an obsession with perverting everything good that God is—including the image of a father. All I know for sure is that God has worked very hard to make sure you find Him—through a real dad, a step-dad, a grandfather, or simply an obedient man.
“A father of the fatherless… is God in His holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
An unknown author once said: A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes, but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt.
A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail. I have to agree. I’ve had all of these—but none through just one. And now I see that my Heavenly Father was there all along, speaking through and using many to mold me.
So on this Father’s Day (and every Father’s Day), I am grateful to all those men who have made an effort to father a child or father the fatherless. Your role is a great one and your impact long-lasting. Let me say this: You are the man God chose to be the father of your children. God could have picked anyone on earth for this task, but in His infinite wisdom, He chose you.
Even if you don’t have confidence in your fathering skills, God says you fit the bill perfectly for His plan for your family. He knows all your strengths and weaknesses, and He determined before time began that you would be the father of your children.
Fatherhood is a privilege given by God, and with that privilege comes the power to impact lives. It goes beyond placing seed in a woman but reaches all the way to heights of mentoring and instructing those under your care.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :