Israelite history reveals that the father was to be diligent in instructing his children in the ways and words of the Lord for their own spiritual development and well-being. The father who was obedient to the commands of Scripture did just that. In Proverbs 22:6, we read; “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” To “train” indicates the first instruction that a father and mother give to a child, his early education. The training is designed to make clear to children the manner of life they are intended for. To commence a child’s early education in this way is of great importance.
The Christian father is really an instrument in God’s hand. The whole process of instruction and discipline must be that which God commands and which He administers, so that His authority should be brought into constant and immediate contact with the mind, heart, and conscience of children.
The human father should never present himself as the ultimate authority to determine truth and duty. It is only by making God the teacher and ruler on whose authority everything is done that the goals of education can best be attained.
A father’s first responsibility is to acquaint his children with Scripture. The means and methods that fathers may use to teach God’s truth will vary. As the father is faithful in role modeling, what children learn about God will put them in good standing throughout their earthly lives, no matter what they do or where they go.
Today, we took some time to celebrate Dad. For the Dads that aren’t in our lives for whatever reason, whether it is personal conflict, war, divorce, out of state or….. death, let us remember them today and ask God to bless them wherever they may be. Especially bless those who have taken on the roll of a Dad for this is going way beyond the call of duty. If our Dads are here, pray that we strengthen our relationship with them and if they have passed, pray that we strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father until that one day when we meet our natural Father again.
To all the Father’s, may this past week, all for you, remind you just how important you are to your families.