By Pastor Rod LaFee
You get up each day and go to work, 5 days a week, and each night you come home. You come home sober. You bring the paycheck home to support the family. You provide them a shelter from harm and evil; are faithful to your wife; throw a ball around; pushing a bicycle around with no training wheels; repairing the broken toy; drinking from a plastic cup pretending to have tea; saying “yes” or “no” and actually meaning it. These are the common ordinary things as fathers we do and these things are so simple anyone can do them. But, what make them so grand is not everyone has the fortitude to actually do them. The Bible is full of examples of fathers who are household names of today, such as Noah, Abraham, Job, and Joshua. Many of us know these stories and we look at them as super-heroes of the faith, yet each of them did something which today’s father can easily duplicate. Noah went about building an ark to save his family from all the evil in the world. He did not pay attention to what the rest of the world was doing. This put him in the minority, in fact it put him as the only person in the whole world willing to listen to God in spite of the ridicule he received. Many people today make the statement of what can I do and yet here we see one person who altered the course of world events. His integrity spared his family from the judgment of God. Fathers, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world is doing, live right and you will secure the honor of your family.
Abraham was instructed by God to relocate his family to a totally unfamiliar land. He was told to go on a journey in which he did not know the destination, yet he went. Abraham, each morning with his family, got up and starting walking, being obedient to God and each evening wondering if he was their yet. Reminds you of your children on a trip and they asking the same question every 5 minutes along the way. Abraham stayed the course just like we can stay the course for our family.
Job did not wait for someone to tell him his children were doing wrong, instead he knew the weakness of human nature and prayed for his children every day, whether they needed it or not. Everyone of us can pray. Our children will never outgrow our prayers, even when they are full grown and out of the home.
Joshua made the choice he and his family were going to follow the Lord in spite of what decision the others made. In Joshua 24:15 we read “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, But for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” We, as fathers, can show the same example to our family. We can share our dreams and faith with them while we are on this earth. Once we depart from this world, we can only pray the examples we left behind will have impacted our children’s lives for the good.
These fathers lead by example. They left footprints behind worth following. They did simple things we all can do. They did right when it would have been easier, even acceptable to do wrong. They left the familiar and broke away from the crowd. They chose the Lord as God of their life and let everyone know it. As today’s fathers, you can do those things also.