“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” — Psalm 103: 8-10
The Psalms and Proverbs speak often of the LORD in fatherly imagery. Jesus spoke of his Father in heaven but took the truth of scripture one step further. The LORD was now not just described as a Father, Christ’s death on the cross made it possible for those he redeemed to KNOW him as Father.
June is a time of remembering and honoring fathers and their God given responsiblity in scripture to provide for and protect their families. As a father myself, I often struggle with the balance of ministry and family responsibilities. Being a dad and husband is more important to me than anything else. I take my duties seriously but realize too often, I cannot do this on my own.
Fathers can find the perfect model for their own parenting throughout the Bible. God is the perfect Father. No other example can compare. Psalm 103 is a great encouragement for today’s fathers to see that the LORD is a merciful father who is slow to anger nor will he hold on to that anger. He does not always belittle but rather teaches through experience. His love is higher than anyone can imagine and he removes our sin so far from us that it will never return.
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” — Psalm 103:13
I encourage all fathers to hold close to Psalm 103 and Proverbs 23. Our LORD has already modeled for us the perfect father. We do not need to invent the perfect dad role. We simply need to look to our Father who has paid for our sin debt through His Son’s blood and has forgiven us.
May we look to the LORD for wisdom, guidance, and inspiration as we father our children. I encourage all men to teach their children the ways of the Lord (Deuteronomy 4:1-14). I encourage all wives and mothers to support their husbands in their roles as fathers. Show your children that their father is a provider and protector and allow him to be the spiritual leader of your home as God commands him to do.
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