HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all fathers! As a head of your household, you have a heavy responsibility put upon your shoulders. Your role is crucial to the physical, emotional, and especially, spiritual well-being of your family members. Bear it well, and God will honour and reward you. In Deuteronomy 6, as Israel was about to enter the Promised Land, Moses gave this
command to the people:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command
you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way,
and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of
your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
The goal of parenting, according to those verses, therefore, is to teach your children to love God with all their heart, soul, and might. It must be done by example and by
As we look at Proverbs 3 today, it becomes clear that wisdom is not primarily about right behaviour or ethics, although they are important. For Solomon, wisdom is ultimately and primarily about having the right relationship with the LORD, which will then overflow to our relationship with ourselves and with others. Therefore, the best wisdom that a father can give to his children is the wisdom of loving God, trusting God, and obeying Him.
May God bless you as you impart the wisdom of trusting in the LORD to your children. Again, Happy Father’s Day!