Proverbs 23:24 – The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
So my daughter was not feeling well this past weekend. After giving her plenty of different meds that made her very sleepy, I decided to lay down next to her in bed and watch some Disney and Nickelodeon shows with her. One thing I noticed, all of the dads that I saw on the TV shows were pretty stupid. How often do people see these TV dads and equate them with today’s dad?
I know when I was married, my ex-wife would ridicule me, many times in front of the kids, that I was not very intelligent. I wonder how much of that comes from conditioning by TV shows?
But then I also think about one verse in the Bible that really makes me wonder about this:
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I think many times what we see in Christians, not just dads but all Christians, is what the world would consider foolish. I know there are times when a parenting counselor would tell me that the way I parent my kids is wrong. But then I also read my Bible with a focus on discipleship and notice that if I plan on discipling my kids, I need to follow a Biblical plan.
I need to show Christ to my kids.
To the world, God’s ways are foolishness.
To God, I pray that He sees the discipleship that is happening and blesses it.
To the world, if we are in control then we are parenting properly.
To the Lord, if HE is in control then we are parenting properly.
To the world, if we get the glory for our parenting skills, then we are doing the right things.
To the Lord, if others see our kids and KNOW that only GOD can get the glory, then we are doing the right things.
Proverbs 17:27 – The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
So today, thank your dad. I know I am very proud of the way my dad raised me. He wasn’t Christian, and I pray that before he enters the eternity that he makes the choice to follow Christ, but he has shown Christ to me through his actions and molded my parenting style in many ways.
I want to end this 100th blog post simply with verses about our dads and how they affect our lives.
Psalm 103:13 – As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him
Hebrews 12:7 – Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
Proverbs 22:6 – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 – These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.