Anyone can be a Dad, but it takes character and commitment to become a Father. Some have children born in their own households, some adopt children from a foreign land, some mentor children not their own and still others choose to become parents of step-children. That’s just what my husband did when he came into my life and chose to be the father of my five children.
Our hearts were shattered and wondered if we could trust another man, but the wreckage left behind did not deter my husband. He became my “Bo” – that’s short for Boaz – a redeemer of a seemingly hopeless situation. Guiding us through emotional turmoil and financial disaster, my husband stepped up into a role and honored the fragile emotions of my children and my broken heart, as well.
He knew he was taking on quite a burden in the world’s perspective, but he chose this path of fatherhood, anyway. It is an often unappreciated role, the infamous position of a step-dad. The authority of the new father figure is often in question, but the task of being a Dad is no less important. Whatever caused the need for a Dad to step into the role in the first place was likely a void that seems impossible to fill, except for the grace of God.
Being a godly Dad of compassion like our Father in heaven means loving unconditionally, disciplining faithfully, guiding financially and morally and living that lifestyle as an example, as well.
Dads hold a position of leadership that no one can replace, and God places this desire to lead within them. The enemy will come against efforts to rear our children for Jesus, but overcoming discouragement with God’s promises to those who are faithful to follow His instruction gives strength to fathers that their heavenly Father will also enable them to complete the task they have begun.
“Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.”