Today is Father’s Day.  A time set for remembrance, celebration and gratitude for the men who gave us life, who raised and molded us, and who, on balance, get very little public appreciation and credit for all they do.  God designed the family and has placed great responsibility on fathers and uses the Father-child relationship to illustrate His relationship with us.  “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2  Cor. 6:18).


Since the beginning, it has been God’s order for the lead the home.  He is responsible for providing the father to physical needs and spiritual guidance of his family.  Although there is much disdain for the role of fathers today, we must never forget or fail in our love, honor and submission to them.  Just as they must fulfill their God-given role to bring their children up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:1-4).


Psalms 127:3-5  Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.


Proverbs 4:14   Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight,  for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,  he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.


Proverbs 19:18  Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.


Proverbs 23:24   The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.


Ephesians 6:1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”


Hebrews 12:9-11  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


Thanksgiving and other expressions of love for our fathers should never be limited to one day.  The greatest way to show our gratitude is to obey them.  Through the fulfillment of their roles, our righteous earthly fathers give us our first understanding of our Heavenly Father’s love and authority.


Thank You Lord!  And, thanks Dad!