Over the past year, my ministry work has grown exponentially! Praise be to God! But it has been tough to juggle everything which is why my weekly posts haven’t been coming weekly, or even monthly! But God has reminded me that people are blessed by Wade in the Word and I am committed to posting much more frequently. In fact, I have several posts in the wings waiting to be released!
Happy belated Father’s Day!
A ROLE OF A FATHER
The role of a father is a huge responsibility that should never be taken for granted or entered into lightly. Fatherhood is a position of great honor. Fathers are to take on the roles of
being the provider, protector and guider.
But in today’s society, these three things are seldom taught or seen in the family unit. The husband’s and wife’s roles are often blurred due to divorce
, children born out of wedlock
, and lets not forget today’s hot topic, which i’ll call gender identity crisis.
The only reason I am mentioning these is to point out that men who are not responsible as men will not be responsible as fathers either.
HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE FATHERS
Let us take a look at Abraham’s life as a father. God tested Abraham. You see, as a father you will be tested on every front, so don’t consider is strange. Look at the testing of your role as a father not as a sign of weakness, but one of strength.
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kind. because you know that the testing o your faith produces perseverance Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a rama caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Dads we need to know what we are make of. God will even test us like he tested Abraham especially when it comes to faith. God told Abraham to take his only son whom he loved-Isaac- and sacrifice him as a burnt offering. Abraham had already considered Isaac dead, because he believed that God could raise him from the dead. Now that’s obedience! Pay close attention to the words in verse 5, He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Fathers not only need to know how to guide their families, they also need to know how to be guided by God. Great leaders also understand that they, too, need to be lead. Abraham did not hesitate to follow the Lord God’s instructions. The very next day Abraham loaded up his donkey, took two of his servants and his only son Isaac with him. Abraham made certain that he provided what was needed for his trip.
YOU CAN’T PROTECT WITHOUT TRUST
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, Abraham carried the fire and the knife. Verse 7 Isaac said to his Father, “I see the fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son.” You see Abraham provided what he could and trusted God to provide him with what he was incapable of. Isaac honored his father by entrusting him with his life. The son willingly placed himself under his father’s protection. The Bible tells us that Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead if he took his son’s life. Hebrews 11:17-19 Even more than this, the Bible tells us that the Lord desires obedience over sacrifice. 1 Samuel 15:22 To obey the Lord is better than sacrifice. As the Lord provides for the fathers so are the fathers are to provide for his family.
Fathers, above all, must be trustworthy. Abraham was such a man. This is what the Lord had to say about Abraham. Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to see the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so the the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. And, James 2:23 Called Abraham a friend of God.
Abraham was the kind of father that men can and should model their lives after. He was a man who ran his household by faith. Abraham trusted God to protect, provide and to guide him and his family. So are fathers of today called to honor God first, and by this example, fathers will be honored and bring glory to God.
Without God protecting, providing and guiding us, we can not do this for ourselves. I pray that we will all take head to the wonderful help we have in the Lord to protect, provide and guide us as we, in turn, do this for our families.