Grace Moments Devotions - June 19, 2016

June 19

Father’s Day

Fathers Are Important

You can forgive us fathers for feeling a little second-class if we compare the national mini-hubbub over Father’s Day to the huge emotional outpouring given to mothers in the second week of May. Hallmark sales in mid-June are a small fraction of the previous month.

Much of that is our fault. Families are sick when children disrespect their fathers, or when fathers are abusive, neglectful, or absent. Entire societies get sick when this happens on a large scale.

The nation of Israel was no exception; dysfunctional fatherhood was a blight. God promised to send a second Elijah (that was John the Baptist) whose prophetic ministry brought about repentance and new energy for family renewal. “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lordcomes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:5,6).

Our society badly needs the witness of God’s Word to regain a sense of appreciation for his designs for marriage and the raising of children. Fathers, don’t sit around sulking, waiting for the cards and gifts. Commit to your woman and lift her up in honor. Support, mentor, and lead your children. Malachi wants you to know that you will have God’s mighty Spirit to help you.

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