FAITHFUL FATHERS (by: Mike Sherman)

Father’s Day is designated to honor and express our appreciation for fathers obviously. It seems to take a back seat to Mother’s Day, but that’s ok, after all mother’s do play that unique and special God given role of giving us life. Father’s Day taking the “back seat” to Mother’s Day is fine but “fathering” should never take a “back seat” to mothering. In fact by God’s great wisdom and providence both are crucial and necessary. Unfortunately, for various reasons, all tied back to the fact that we live in a fallen world this isn’t always the case.
For those of us striving to be fathers by God’s definition the task may feel overwhelming or even impossible at times but the truth is we can become Godly fathers who are a blessing to our wives, children, and our community. It certainly isn’t easy and we can’t do it alone, but God would never exasperate us by having expectations that are impossible for us to achieve.
Father’s can experience the blessing of becoming like our father in heaven. It’s also important for fathers and those who depend on them to realize fathers are only human and can NEVER provide the spiritual blessings and gifts that ONLY our Heavenly Father can provide. God does expect us to become the “provider” for our families. Not providing every want and whim, but certainly the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. Fathers should never be made to feel guilty when that’s all they can provide, after all, God’s expectations are satisfied. 1 Timothy 5:7-8 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. (8) But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Ultimately God provides resources for all of us, but his good intention is for Fathers to provide for their family. Fathers shoulder the responsibility of taking the lead in meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of their family as well as the physical needs. Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Bringing children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord implies God’s desire for fathers to be there for their children on a consistent basis teaching and admonishing as they go through life. I still look to my parents to help me be a better parent. As the old saying goes “once a parent always a parent.” As challenging or difficult it may be at times we cannot run away from or pass on the personal responsibility of “father” to anyone else. God is their for us as our Heavenly Father on a ongoing, consistent basis. He promises to hear our prayers and respond to our requests, petitions, and pleas. Matthew 7:8-11 – For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (9) Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? (10) Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? (11) If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Noah was a faithful servant of God and part of that faithful service involved being a faithful husband and father. The Bible reveals that Noah was not perfect but he walked through this life with God and did his best to pass on his faith to his family. Perhaps this sums up our responsibility in striving to be faithful servants of God as well as faithful fathers during our short stay in this world. Gen_6:9- These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
Happy Father’s Day- By Mike Sherman

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