The Godly Man, Husband and Father Part 3
I have addressed the subject of The Godly Man and The Godly Husband respectively. Today I will address the subject of “The Godly Father. I am happy that we as a nation would take the time to honor our natural fathers. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament gives us clear instructions on our responsibilities in this area.
Just because we honored fathers on Father's Day, doesn’t mean it’s time to move on to the next event on our calendars. The subject of “The Godly Father” is always timely. Fathers have a role of great responsibility in the lives of their children. In many ways, earthly fathers are the representative of the Heavenly Father, in that they are to love, protect, and provide for their families.
The greatest responsibility of the 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. Here are some characteristics of the Godly Father.
As I share these vital points, we can learn a lot about fatherhood from Abraham. As you know, God promised to make him “the father of many nations” (Gen. 17:5). God told Abraham that his seed would be as numerous as the sand upon the seashore. 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 promises.
In Genesis 22:1, 2, God told Abraham to do something that was extremely difficult – to give his only son as an offering to the Lord!
But notice how Abraham responded to God’s command.
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 the 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 today, but the point is, a Godly Father obeys God even when it hurts; he obeys even when he doesn’t want to. When a father has to decide between doing what he wants to do and obeying God, the Godly Father will always say, “Lord not my will, but Thy will be done.”
By seeking to obey God, the Godly Father also 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 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.
By The Godly Father having focused priorities, it keeps him on track in his walk with the Lord.
I would like to thank you for allowing me to speak these words into your life, and I pray that it will bear much fruit as you act on it. Have a great summer. If you plan to go on vacation, have a good time; then come back and live for God with us. Amen!
Word for Today " Honoring Authority"
You can’t expect those you lead to be responsive to your authority, if you consistently show a rebellious and independent spirit toward those in authority over you. The Bible has much to say about the importance of submission and honoring authority. It also teaches that you will reap what you sow. If you want to reap greater responsiveness to your leadership, why not try sowing a little more responsiveness to those you serve?