Father’s Day just passed, but call of God on fathers remains.

Sadly, in today’s postmodern America the role of a father is often undervalued or misunderstood. Yet, the presence of a father in a child’s life is crucial to their development and well-being.

The statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative® reveal the profound impact that involved fathers have on their children’s lives. This post aims to appeal to fathers, emphasizing their duty to raise their children while highlighting the biblical rewards of fatherhood.

The Impact of Father Presence

The data presented by the National Fatherhood Initiative® clearly show that children with involved fathers are at a significantly lower risk for a variety of poor childhood outcomes. These outcomes include:

  • Infant Mortality: Fathers who are present and involved contribute to lower rates of infant mortality.

  • Low Birth Weight: The presence of a father reduces the likelihood of children being born with low birth weight.

  • Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Involved fathers help mitigate emotional and behavioral issues in their children.

  • Neglect and Abuse: Children with attentive fathers are less likely to experience neglect and abuse.

  • Injury and Obesity: Active fathers play a role in reducing injury and obesity among their children.

  • Poor School Performance: Fathers’ involvement is linked to better school performance.

  • Teen Pregnancy and Juvenile Incarceration: Engaged fathers decrease the chances of teen pregnancy and incarceration as juveniles.

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Criminal Activity, and Suicide: The presence of a father reduces the risks of alcohol and substance abuse, involvement in criminal activities, and suicide.

The Duty of Fathers

Our responsibilities as fathers go beyond mere presence. Fathers are called to be protectors, providers, and role models. Their actions and attitudes shape their children’s understanding of the world and influence their future choices.

In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible instructs, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This verse underscores the critical role fathers play in guiding their children’s paths. Fathers who lead by example, instilling values of integrity, hard work, and compassion, set their children on a course for a fulfilling and righteous life.

Biblical Rewards of Fatherhood

The Bible speaks highly of fatherhood and the rewards that come with fulfilling this role faithfully.

In Psalm 127:3-5, children are described as “a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

And in Ephesians 6:4 Paul advises fathers, “Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” This verse calls fathers to nurture their children with patience and wisdom, fostering an environment of love and spiritual growth.

Fatherhood is not just a responsibility; it is a divine calling with profound implications for the well-being of children and society as a whole. While the statistics underscore the importance of an involved father, the Bible goes beyond statistics and provides a blueprint for fulfilling our role with grace and purpose. Fathers who rise to this challenge will not only see the fruits of their labor in their children’s lives but will also receive the blessings and rewards promised by God.

True, many of us, look at our failures as fathers, and we wonder if the Bible has anything to say about that. It does. It encourages us to look up to Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith and to focus on him not on our failures, and not even our successes. 

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Jeff Hagen
President & Founder
Hill Cities, Inc.

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