Fatherhood and the Pressured Lens


“And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all.  For Job said, ‘It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.’  Thus Job did continually.”  Job 1:5

I have found so much to strengthen my faith in God in the fact that the Bible is so complete in every detail!  It instructs a man concerning his duties in every relationship, whether it is as a son, husband, father, citizen, neighbor, and in the treatment of his enemies.

God’s Word also instructs a man concerning his duty to God, to his brethren in Christ.  The fact is no relationship is overlooked!

When a man is blessed with a good wife that loves, supports, encourages and strengthens him through life that is such a wonderful blessing not to be taken for granted!

When a man is blessed with a child or children … what an honor, privilege and responsibility it becomes!  The man of faith known as Job demonstrated in his life why he was viewed by God as a righteous and virtuous man.  This is underscored early in the Book that bears his name and also highlights why the way he dealt with suffering was so amazing!

As fathers we must be careful not to allow the world and its faulty values and imagery to mislead us, confuse us and even entice us to be something less than God has described.  No man is perfect, only the Lord satisfies that place!  But God does expect us to give Him and our families the very best we have to give!

The world can mislead us into thinking that anything less than perfect makes one a failure.  The real truth is we are all human with all of the frailties and imperfections that characterize mankind, but these are not to become an excuse to sin!

We must not find ourselves in the unenviable position of being lured into distancing ourselves from the God of Heaven and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ!

So men, fathers and fathers-to-be … take note:  We must not … we cannot afford to allow this evil world to dictate what is and isn’t a good man!  It is He who made us (Psalm 103:13, 14) and it is He who will judge us!  We must choose to view our place in life, family, and in every relationship through the lens of faith!

The father who leads well … lives well!


Bill Fairchild, Jr.

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