This post is from Wayne L. Winquist
Jim Gaffigan is a funny man and the father of five children. He said, “Parenting is a cult. And as a cult member, you can try to explain it to other people, but we just appear like lunatics.”
In other words, being a father isn’t an easy assignment. I am a father and a grandfather. Both roles require diligence, devotion and thoughtful plans. God’s commandment to fear and love Him in Deuteronomy 6:1-9, includes promises of great value. But it doesn’t end without practical instructions about the way the truth about fearing and loving God should be passed to our children and grandchildren.
God promised long life and great bounty with a better future in a promised land. God kept His promises for His Israelite children. Unfortunately, fathers and grandfathers don’t always pass on the truth in a meaningful way. It requires work to be a good father or grandfather. As much as you look forward to the end of a long work day, don’t let the work of fathering become an afterthought.
Men, using God’s practical instructions, work with your wife to incorporate God’s Word into your conversations. But don’t just talk. Talk is cheap by itself. Think about how your current actions declare love for God.
Here is one idea to get started: pick a church family, a widow or a neighbor who needs love, and have your children help you show them love. Use the scriptures to help them see that loving their neighbor is a wonderful way to illustrate your love for God. Then talk about it some more. Ask: What should we do to love God tomorrow? Don’t forget to remind them of your love and of God’s great love as well.
Deut. 6:1-9 ESV “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
“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.”