Families, Sun., June 18, will be a great opportunity to express your love and appreciation to your father or a man who has had a significant positive influence on your life.
We can read in the Bible how God reveals Himself to us as our Heavenly Father. He guides us, protects us, loves us and disciplines us. Though we will most certainly fail Him over and over again, He will never fail us nor forsake us – His love for us is unconditional. How wonderful it is to have this divine, guiding presence in our lives!
Men, God entrusted us with monumental responsibility when He declared in His Word that husbands/fathers are to exhibit good and effective leadership with our families. Some Christian psychologists say that children will base their concept of God on what they see in their father.
Wow, if that is true, it should challenge us to be men who show love and respect for God and also for our wife and our children! We should strive to be a positive role model for them as we love, obey and serve God. If you are a father or a father figure to someone younger, I urge you to take some time to pray consistently about the influence you have on that individual. Ask God for spiritual strength that will enable you to be a positive example for those who look to you as a good example.
Father’s Day may be painful for some who have lost their earthly father, or perhaps your father did not reflect the character of Jesus Christ in his life. My friends, if that is the case, I pray that our Heavenly Father will be your comfort and strength this weekend.
I know two brothers whose father walked off and left their family while the boys were small. Even though their mother was heartbroken about this family break-up and the responsibility she was left to fill, she shouldered the responsibility to be a godly mother who taught her sons that God would be their father, that He would provide for their needs and they would get through this together by God’s strength.
Today, those boys are grown men and they are strong Christ-followers.
To this day, I continue to value the time spent with my father and the lessons he taught me. He went to be with the Lord three years ago, but I can still remember his words, his sermons, his prayers and his constant encouragement. I will never forget how he would bear hug me even during my adult years and remind me how thankful He was for the ways God worked in my life. I give praise to God that Dad and Mom chose to raise my siblings and me in a spiritual environment that helped us want to learn about Jesus and to follow Him.
On this Father’s Day, also take this time to reflect on the great love of our Lord – our Father who loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die for us and save us from our sins. That is the example of true fatherly love to which we should all look.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” – 1 John 3:1.