In reading in the book of Isaiah in preparation for our Summer Bible Conference/Revival Meeting with Bro. Brian McBride, I ran across a verse I want to draw your attention to today in light of this Sunday being Father's Day. Please look at it together with me:
Isaiah 46:8, "Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors."
The Bible speaks frequently about "fathers", whether it's referring to fathers in the past or the present need for fathers to be and do as they ought today. These verses are directed towards men and their role/responsibilities as men, husbands, and fathers:
Ephesians 6:4, "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Colossians 3:21, "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged."
I Thessalonians 2:11, "As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children."
Hebrews 12:7, "If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?"
The following three verses speak of a maturing:
I Corinthians 13:11, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
From being a child to becoming a man. For a female, it's from being a girl to becoming a lady. It's becoming what God desires us to be.
I Corinthians 14:20, "Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men."
From having a child's understanding to be mature in the faith as a follower of Christ. This is one's spiritual development as a child of God.
I Corinthians 16:13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
From having the ability and discernment to stand and withstand the trials of life to having the ability to see past the present circumstances and view what's ahead through faith in God.
As we look towards Father's Day, let us remember our fathers and realize our responsibilities to those who need a generation to show them Christ and be like Him.
I Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
Written by Dr. Bill Duttry