Honoring Fathers

Although it is an old quote it conveys a message for today. “Dad is destiny. More than virtually any other factor, a father’s presence in the family will determine a child’s success or failure… Fatherlessness is the most destructive trend of our generation.”  And then the last sentence, “Real progress will come only when there is renewed conviction that being a loving father and a good husband is the best part of being a man” U. S. News and Report, February 27, 1995, “Why Fathers Count.”  It is no wonder that our nation has set aside a day to honor fathers.

  He is to be honored because he provides the physical necessities of life for his family. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” I Timothy 5:8. After the sin of Adam God laid down this principle, “By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19.

He is to be honored because he realizes that providing the physical necessities of this life is secondary to providing for the spiritual nourishment for his family. Jesus gave fathers the proper priority, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things (physical necessities) will be added to you” Matthew 6:33. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4.

He is to be honored because he exhorts, encourages, and implores his children in love (I Thessalonians 2:11). To exhort means that fathers instruct their children in the right path. To encourage literally means to cheer up. To implore is to beg, to plead or to insist.

Wayne Burger