This weekend, stores will do landmark sales in ties and aftershave, marking yet another Father’s Day. Children will color pictures to adorn the home refrigerator and wives will find cards to give their spouses, thanking the men in their lives for the roles they play in the family hierarchy.
My husband will celebrate with a lemon meringue pie—his favorite—and gifts from his kids.
Fathers are important in God’s scheme of things. Billy Graham is quoted as saying “a good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” As the roles of men and women in our culture blur, becoming less and less defined, many men find it difficult to figure where they fit in God’s plan. But the Bible teaches their importance cannot be overlooked.
It has been said that the way a person views God is often based on the image they have of their earthly father. A person who sees God as a tyrant, ruling the world with an iron fist, may have grown up under the thumb of an unforgiving dad. The individual who sees God as all loving, all knowing, and all forgiving learned that lesson sitting at his or her earthly father’s knee. Ephesians 6:4 tells us, “Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”
Studies show that young girls will one day marry a man much like their father. The father’s imprint on the child could well determine the type of man with whom she will share her life and the quality of life she will live.
As part of the ten commandments in Exodus 20:12 (NKJV) God’s word teaches us to “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
This Sunday, thank your father if he still lives. Ladies, praise the father of your children, and dads, be the father your children need, passing on the legacy God intended for you.
Happy Father’s Day.