If there was ever the need to have good and faithful fathers its now. In a world that is dying because of lack of proper family structure, contrary to popular and 21st century beliefs we need men.
Men are the foundation of homes, the ones that have ultimate responsibility for the family, the one to provide for and protect their families.
The reason why the world is all upside down and falling apart is because a lot of men have walked away from their God given responsibilities and have taken such a lassie affair approach to life and family.
To find out about what it takes to be a great man and a great father – a real man, I’m turning to the Bible:
Noah: The man who stayed ever close to God in a land filled with wickedness. Though Noah was a quiet man he obeyed God and protected not only his family but also all the flora and fauna that would start a new earth.
Abraham: A man who obeyed God and left his own family to start a journey that God asked him to. He didn’t know where he was going. Out of his obedience he was made the father of an entire nation.
Even when God asked him back for his only promised son Isaac, he was ready to obey God to the point where God had to provide an alternative sacrifice.
Jacob: Though he was assisted into scheming his brother out of his birthright, God had an amazing plan for his life. After fleeing for his life he had such an experience with God that he was changed from Jacob to Israel and out of his obedience to God twelve tribes of Israel came forth.
King David: The Bible called David a man after God's own heart. His music caused evil spirits to leave King Saul. His psalms are some of the most comforting words in the Bible today.
He failed God in one area of his life but looked to God to create in Him a clean heart. His son, Solomon, went on to be one of the greatest and wisest Kings.
Joseph: The earthly father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Much isn’t said about him; but for a man to take a woman as his wife already pregnant and be a protector and provider for them says volumes.
Truly, he had to trust in God completely and continuously seek God's face for direction to raise this precious child who became the only Savior of this wretched world.
And the greatest examples of them all - Our Heavenly Father: Provider, protector, warm, kind, ever-loving, sacrificial, and super fabulous!
He is always our greatest example, He is the ultimate Father. He who did not spare His son, when He looked at us His created children – what a truly amazing Father He is.
Men of God today, we thank you for being great men; we thank you for being strong and courageous in standing by your families and providing for them.
Maybe you think that your job is thankless – but it isn’t we need you, and every time you bless and support your family in any way you are being like God and you are obeying God, and God will stand with you and bless you today.
Today I salute you fathers – be blessed and encouraged and keep being great men.
Proverbs 3: 1,2 says: My son, forget not my law or teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.
May God give you strength and courage to continue to be the blessings that you are in the earth today, Amen.