Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Importance of Fathers

As I have spent time reading fairy tales one interesting thing I discovered were the number of weak or absent fathers in the stories. Stories such as Hansel and Grethel, Cinderella, and Snow White all share this element. In Cinderella this is disturbing because the father sees how his daughter is treated and does nothing to intervene. It is even more disturbing in Hansel and Grethel because the father gives into his wife’s demands (the children’s stepmother) and takes the two children out into the woods to kill them.

What does this tell us about the life we are living? Is there any lesson that we can learn?

I think what we can learn is the importance of fathers in the lives of children. When the father is absent or does not step in to protect his children they will needlessly suffer. True even the best father cannot keep bad things from happening to his children, but an absent father or weak father will allow the world to viciously attack his children without doing anything to intervene.

How many girls enter into damaging relationships because they missed out on their father’s approval? How many boys become sexually active to prove they are men because their father was never there to tell them what being a man was all about? How many children have lost the innocence of their childhood all because their fathers would not fight for them?

Cinderella and Snow White would never had to have a prince rescue them if their fathers had fought for them. The horrible experiences these heroines experienced was the result of fathers who refused to do the right thing.

What a high calling God has place on men who are fathers! The importance of a father’s love, attention, and protection cannot be understated in the life of children. When a child has these things it provides them with the necessary resource to face the difficulties of the world.

It is good to know that even when our earthly fathers abandon us God, our Heavenly Father, is still there. He will provide us with the love and encouragement that we need. He will provide us with what we need to get through life.
As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! (2 Peter 1:3; NLT).

May we not forget the lessons taught to us in fairy tales. It is essential that fathers are and active part in the lives of their children. When they are not it will most likely mean that their children will go through hardships that they would not otherwise have to face.

Thank God that He loves us and that He will provide for us the best life regardless of who we are or what we have done. Even if your father doesn’t want you, your Heavenly Father wants you to be part of His family.
15So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family–calling him “Father, dear Father.” 16For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. 17And since we are his children, we will share his treasures–for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:15-17; NLT).


Anonymous said...

Almighty God rescued the Righteous (Noah,and his family! Lot,and his family) prior to his Judgment(Wrath)on those Left Behind! Just as us Saved Born Again(New Creatures)Rapture before the Tribulation(Wrath)

von said...

Have you read Jer 35 recently? It is an incredible witness to the power of fathers... and importance that God places on them as a symbol of Himself.

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