“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.” Proverbs 20:7 (NLT)
Scripture and history show us that as goes the home, so goes the society. And generally speaking, as go the fathers, so goes the home. The moral and spiritual condition of the society is always the offspring of the family.
We live in a day and in a culture that tries to minimize fathers, who are so important in the development of their children. The Bible is clear that fathers are to be spiritual leaders in the home. Dads have a vital role in bringing strength and stability to the home.
Read Deuteronomy 6:4-10. It has been called the Magna Carta of the home, which would guarantee the happiness and well being of the family in the purpose of God. It tells us to love God with all our minds, beings, and strength, and to teach that to our children.
Proverbs 22:6 says this: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” And in Proverbs 13:22, it says: “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children.” Most people think of that as a monetary inheritance, but it applies to leaving a spiritual legacy as well.
The role of the father is to plant acorns to grow mighty oak trees. It is more important to leave a spiritual legacy than a financial one.
Fathers should love their children as much as their heavenly Father loves them.
Father, I pray for all fathers that they may rise up and instill the gospel in their children, for the sake of this generation and for generations to come. Amen.
If you are a parent, consider how you can instill the love of God and the desire to follow Him as a guiding light to your children. Be not only a physical parent, but also a spiritual mentor as well.