Father of All Fathers
“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
You don’t need a license or a diploma to become a father, yet the job description is one of the toughest imaginable. According to Scripture, a father encourages and comforts his children, urging them to “live lives worthy of God” (>1 Thessalonians 2:11–12). He is charged with the instruction (>Proverbs 1:8–9) and discipline (Hebrews 12:10) of his offspring. He is expected to provide “good gifts” for his children (>Matthew 7:9–11). Harder still, a father must not “exasperate” his children as he does these things. Instead—and most important of all—he is to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
In the face of these enormous responsibilities, you may feel like a high school dropout interviewing for a job as a nuclear physicist—you know that your résumé doesn’t measure up! But don’t be discouraged. Scripture tells us that our heavenly Father will assist us in each of life’s heavy responsibilities: “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs” (Isaiah 58:11). You can depend on almighty God, the Father of all fathers, for strength in every parenting challenge—no matter what your qualifications might be.
Before you say good night…
- What are your strengths as a father?
- What areas of fatherhood do you most need to work on?
- Are you depending on God for answers to challenges with your kids?
- How can you do better in trusting the Lord as a dad?
(father) Dear Lord, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the mighty responsibilities of fatherhood. Help me to come before You daily, humbly asking for Your wisdom as I seek the best for my children. Amen.
This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.