Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 5:2-7:10 / 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1 / Proverbs 20:5-14
Virtually everything that we do in life will somehow affect others…whether positive or negative. A family will suffer from the lifestyle of an alcoholic father while parents enjoy a lesser financial commitment for their university bound child who excels academically. Our disposition and attitude can set the tone of our home and relationships. Remember, “If mamma ain’t happy, then ain’t nobody happy.”
Even with that said…I am convinced that a father has the greatest impact upon their home. God established the father as the head of the home and has given him great responsibility to lead. Of course with great responsibility comes great accountability. This is why I also believe father’s will face a greater judgment. Where much is given, much is required.
Solomon references this truth when he writes, “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” (Proverbs 20:7) Every father wants only the best for his children. He attempts to provide and care for his family by all means necessary. The greatest provision and legacy a father can give is the fruit and example of a righteous lifestyle.
Financial provisions are necessary yet spiritual examples are vital and most important. Money and possessions will not outlast this present world but righteousness is eternal. A father can be a wonderful provider, teacher and caregiver but if he does not by example lead them in paths of righteousness, the consequences are eternally destructive.
When a father wars against the temptations of this world and overcomes them by the grace and power of God…his children walk in the blessings of God. It is imperative that Dads fight the good warfare of faith. If a father doesn’t want his children to wrestle with the same demons he faces, he must take authority over them and break their curse upon his family.
I am so thankful my father raised the umbrella of God’s favor over our family. He wasn’t perfect but his heart was perfect and pure before God. In his weakness, he called out for God’s strength. He was a stalwart of faith and commitment… he exemplified a quiet and meek spirit…he taught and lived God’s Word. Because of his life, God blessed mine!
I pray to have that type of impact upon my children; I want them to enjoy the wonderful blessings of God. Fathers, God is counting on you to lead your family in the pathway of righteousness and be a real man…my father certainly was!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!