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a141 There is no other member of the traditional family that is maligned more today than the father. In society today we are told that fathers are a throw back to the old patriarchal system. On television shows and commercials, they are portrayed as being a not so bright klutz. Mom and the kids have more of a clue than he does. Even the gay characters are presented as being stronger role models than these poor guys.

Why does the media want to destroy the image of a father so much? First of all, God is the Father. He is our Creator and our perfect role model. In the last few years I have seen Him portrayed as a senile and forgetful old man, with little interest in what’’s going on here on earth. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A perfect example of God’s father’s heart is found in the story of the prodigal son in Luke

Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

"When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father.
"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

"The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

    "But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

" ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ "

Children need strong role models and when they can’t find it in a father, they look elsewhere. A lot of the times the role models they find lead them on a path of destruction. This is why satan and the media are so intent on destroying the image of a strong and faithful father.

The Word of God emphasizes the role model fathers are to be in Ephesians 6:4; "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."

Not much is written about Joseph and yet he had more of an impact on Jesus’s life than any other human being. If you read the passages about him in the beginning of Matthew and Luke you will find a man of character. A man with a strong faith and conviction as well as a great devotion to God. In all things God asked him to do concerning his family he obeyed. He must have been quite a man for God to entrust His Son to him. A strong role model.

I grew up in a home where I was robbed from having a dad because of his alcohol addiction. I had no role model that I could look up to and when I got married and was to become a father myself, I despaired. How could I be a father? I never learned how. I remember going into Pastor Ken Bombay’s office and asking for his prayers and advise. What he told me was so simple and yet it changed my life forever. He told me that to be a father all I had to do was look to The Father and ask Him to teach about His fathers heart. Studying the Word changed  me and when my daughter was born and I held her in my arms for the first time, I knew I would never worry about being a father again. God had become my role model and because of that I have become a model for my children to follow as well. I have been a single father now for the last 14 years and don’t regret a single moment.

If you want to see God’s father’s heart follow this link;

http://www.fathersloveletter.com/

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Comments on: "Fathers" (7)

  1. Margaret said:

    I really enjoyed your blog.My husband is that kind of Father.He never criticizes the children but has taught them to be patient.Now our son is the best Father for his children.he playes with them and is always there for them.I hopethat when his son grows up that he can do the same for his children .With Gods help we can accomplish much.
                                                                          Margaret
     

  2. Erica,
     
    In a world that seems to be without father\’s in the picture….I want to extend a "Special" thanks for sharing this with us!  Although my father is passed I cherish the love and legacy that he left behind for me.  Our heavenly father provides us with even more love if we will only open our hearts to him and to allow him to fill us with love in abundance.  Have a wonderful and blessed day my dear friend!
     
    Greg

  3. Hello there….
    We have been on the move again for the past few months..missions for the Lord…
    And have been blessed this past week by having internet in the doctors house we are staying in  in Ireland.
    As you know my husband is a doctor so this enables us to move around spreading the love of Jesus and being blessed by financing ourselves…Praise the Lord,
    I am not always able to respond to you but do read your wonderful articles.
    This one today I read especially touched me and I felt it deep in my heart.
    My grandson whom I adore who lives in Perth Australian live with my daughter.
    His father is in jail and has been for over ten years…Ric my grandson has not had any real Father figure
    in his life except his grandfather who was a huge drinker.
    I have tried many times to influence my little ric and mostly he\’s ok but now he is nearly 14yrs and is always in trouble through attitude and other things……My daughter does have a partnerof a few years who is a good man but Ric doenst look up to him or learn anything from him.Each time we leave on mission things get steadily worse (attacks) for my Ric….I find myself constantly praying for him and his spiritual healing….I constantly place my worries at the feet of the Lord…So it really touched my heart when I read this article ..a fathers love..yes….so very important….but looking to the Father of all Fathers…..how smart….are you!!! a wise Pastor indeed!
    God bless you all dear friend… Alison

  4. Because I have had a rich relationship with my heavenly Father, it was naturalto transfer that to my own dad.  There are so many great dads out there.  Have a blessed day.
     
    Eileen

  5. Excellent Gerry ! I especially appreciate the last paragraph because God is the ultimate Father, it\’s true. It\’s interesting that the other day I was thinking about the story of the prodigal son and I suddenly realized how little we focus on the faithful son in the story. Why? Because he was faithful but his heart needed changing too, even in the midst of being faithful. His heart needed to be broken for the brother who went astray.
     
                                                   Have a great WE !   The Castle Lady

  6. Gerry, it\’s been awhile and I see you are still where you were.  Why is it always looking to God with you? Is that your answer for everything? Often when people don\’t know answers – they turn to religion as a means of confidence or strengthening their feelings as in your mind you have some level of power/reinforcement on your side that will ultimately help you. Well it won\’t help you – people often credit their achievements or recoveries to religious influence, but there are people everywhere achieving the same thing or recovering from the same thing without religion.  Perhaps, YOU are the reason you are a good father – you may have had no role model in a father when you were young but neither did I.  There are others around that can be great role models and help, you yourself realized you were capable of being a great father (you just decided to shine the credit elsewhere).  I am not trying to attack, just simply ask why must you always attribute the good to your relationship with God?  Why can\’t you simply think that you are capable of amazing things, such as becoming a good father. -Jonathon

  7. Jonathan
     
    Why don\’t you give Christ a try? It couldn\’t hurt you. In answer to your question, yes He is the answer to everything. Over time a person who has a relationship with Him sees their faith increase not decrease. I love and trust Him more today then I did yesterday. But I won\’t pretend that you can understand that. You can\’t unless you come to know Him yourself. You need Him Jonathan. He loves you.
     
     

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