Coming off another Father’s Day, I am struck by the dichotomy between what the world is preaching and what the Word of God teaches.
In a society that is constantly trying to blur lines and separate itself from biblical principles, the call to be men and women of the Bible becomes harder and harder.
It seems like the entertainment industry is trying to make a mockery of fatherhood, and there are movements that are trying to minimize its significance.
I was reading an article on the importance of fatherhood on couplestherapyinc.com, which made great points regarding the importance of fatherhood as found through research (better infant development, higher success in school, better life choices, etc.). Unfortunately, the author decided to make the article more about two parent homes. The problem is, the data they are relying on isn’t based on generic two parent homes, it is based on having a biological male and female (father and mother) in the home.
God created us male and female.
There is beauty in His creation. It saddens me to think about how many people don’t realize that they are beautiful as they were created.
And He has a model of life that is best for us, even if we try to decide for ourselves that we as a society know better. Doing things our own way has been a problem that has been going on throughout human history. We like to think that we know better than God. Unfortunately, failed social experiments litter history.
For the fathers…
And for those of us who are fathers, our goal is to look to the Father for guidance on how to live. He has given us the example to follow. His ways are perfect. You don’t need to change perfection, for nothing can make it better.
And as our Father, He loves us, He provides for us, and He is always with us. We enjoy singing the wonderful song Good Good Father, a song that speaks of these truths from God’s word.
And as much as we seek to even change the concept of God from our Father to our parent, Jesus calls Him Father. If Jesus, who is God, calls Him Father, then so will I.
And our Heavenly Father desires to take care of us…
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”Matt. 7:9-12 NIV
I am so thankful that I have a good, good Father, and my goal is to be a father to my children, and a father figure to those God places around me, so that people might desire to know their Heavenly Father, and find out just how good He really is!