When it comes to the importance of fathers in the Bible, our greatest example is our Heavenly Father. Some people find it difficult to treat God as their father. That’s because you may be tying it to your relationship with your earthly father. Regardless of your relationship with your earthly father or whoever you were, there is hope. You have a model that we can always refer to our Father God.
It is no coincidence that Jesus asked us to call him “God the Father” and pray. This establishes the relationship that underlies the importance of the father in Scripture. As you strive to be a better father (hopefully that is your goal), as you see God as a father, four things underscore the importance of fatherhood. Four truths in the Bible emphasize the importance of fatherhood.
1. Provided by father
“So don’t worry, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ , Because your Heavenly Father knows you need it. ”- Matthew 6:31-32
God is Jehovah Zile, a divine name that means God who provides for our needs. Since God is a provider, the earthly father must also be a provider. Today, both men and women contribute to household income, and income is usually the main source of income. For the record, I have absolutely no objection to that. But even so, I believe that there is something (at least there must be) in a man’s DNA that makes her want to offer.
Income is very important, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that income only ends there. Taking God as our model, God does more than just provide our physical needs. The provision we all need goes beyond food and shelter. We also have emotional and spiritual needs, which the Father gives us. If you’re going to fully embrace being a father, you have to consider being the one who meets all of your children’s needs. This means you can’t just throw money in whenever you need it. You have to show up and be present in your children’s lives, especially if you want to be a good father.
2. Father protects
“The Lord is my rock, my stronghold, my savior.
My God is my rock and I find protection in it.
He is my shield, my saving power,
and my safe place.
He is my refuge and my savior.
Someone who saves me from violence. ”- 2 Samuel 22:2-3 NLTs
Another aspect of God’s nature is protection. My daughter is afraid of big dogs. To be honest, I don’t blame her. When we are walking and she sees a big dog, she hides behind me until we pass the dog. That way she knows I’ll protect her, so it’s a safe place. God does this for us and it plays an important role in our role as fathers. As a father, your presence should also reduce anxiety at home. Your presence should make people at home feel a little better. As a father, I can’t protect my children from everything, but I can reassure them that I will do my best to protect them. That is why when a father abandons this duty or betrays a child’s trust, it can have a devastating effect on the life of the child.
3. Fathers provide identity
“But to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, born by natural lineage, by human decision, or by the will of the husband. Children born of God, not of God.”- John 1:12-13
It is identity that underscores the importance of fathers in the Bible.as a believer Jesus Christ, you are identified as a child of God and this identity defines who you are. As a father, you provide your child with an identity by giving them a name. Along with your name, your identity gives you a sense of belonging and connection. Since God considers those in Christ to be His children, it means that we belong to Him. For example, I have two of his children. My son and daughter both have the name Haynes. This means they are mine.
My son has been in uniform sports for the last few years and when he was given the jersey it had Haynes’ name on the back. When he puts on the jersey, the audience may not know my son personally, but they will know who he belongs to and who he is connected to. As a father, when you give your child an identity and connection, it also gives them confidence. Your job as a father is not just to give names. Focus on being a great father whose name your children will be proud to bear. God is such a wonderful Father that I am happy to call myself a child of God. Use that as motivation to do the same in your child’s life.
4. Fathers Instill Purpose
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special property of God, to him who called you out of darkness into a wonderful light. It is for proclaiming praise.”- 1 Peter 2:9
A fourth truth that highlights the importance of fatherhood is purpose. We have just proved that God gives us identity. You can see why here. You are a child of God, a special property of God, called and chosen for a purpose. But you couldn’t fulfill your purpose in life until he changed your identity. As a father, giving your child confidence in themselves helps them pursue what they were created to do. When children no longer have to wonder who they are, where they come from, or who they belong to, they have a head start on achieving their life goals. As a father, you need to help your children find their reason for life. I’m not saying you have all the answers, but you should be able to help them ask the right questions.
Fatherhood is important. Your role as a father will have a lasting impact on your children. So, if you’re a father reading this, I have two questions for you to consider.
- What kind of father are you now?
- what kind of father do you want to be
No matter what type of father you are, there is always room for improvement. It begins with prayer and continues with fervent prayer. I think some people have broken relationships with their children. If so, keep praying and intentionally try to repair the relationship. Your role is big, so don’t give up. Remember, God our Father is not a mere provider and protector. He is also a miracle worker. He specializes in fixing broken things.If the relationship between you and the children is broken, he
If you are a father who maintains a healthy relationship with your children, be grateful and continue to act intentionally. These relationships happened not by chance, but by work. No matter where your fatherhood is right now, keep striving to be the best father you can be. You play an important role and your work is important. If you don’t believe me, just ask your kids.
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Clarence L. Haynes Jr. Speaker, Bible teacher, and co-founder. bible study club.he is the author of pursuit of purpose It helps you understand how God leads you to His will.he just published a new book Seeking Victory: How to Overcome Your Biggest Challenges and Be Victorious in Your Christian Life. Do you want to go deeper in your walk with the Lord, but always seem unable to overcome the obstacles that get in your way? It teaches you how to combine the elements so that you can become the male or female of the God you are.If you want to know more about his ministry, please click here Clarence Haynes.com.
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