A Father’s Influence On The Society

“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.”  (Malachi 4:6)

Today is Father’s day. Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries to honor fatherhood and paternal bonds. This is the day that the influence of fathers in society is celebrated. Father’s day was started by the Catholic way back in the middle ages. It was celebrated on St. Joseph’s day on March 19th. In the USA Father’s Day was first celebrated on June 19th, 1910. The day is now celebrated every year on the third Sunday of June. In Kenya, we celebrate Father’s on the third Sunday of June, but it isn’t a public holiday. 

In honoring fathers today, I want to look at the influence of three fathers, Noah, Jacob, and Joseph. I believe the three have valuable lessons that their lives offer.

Noah was a righteous, humble, and protective man. In Noah we learn of God’s promises and protection, we learn of the reward of obedience. Despite Noah being the most faithful father, he had his weaknesses. As fathers, we should recognize our weaknesses to avoid falling into sin. 

Jacob became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. In Jacob, we learn of the benefits of trusting in God. We learn of the sovereignty of God whose plans cannot be undone. We see that fighting against God is always a losing battle.

Finally, Joseph was the husband of Mary who played the role of a foster father to Jesus while on earth. Joseph’s life teaches us that God honors and rewards those who trust in Him and live a life of integrity. We learn that a close relationship with God is achieved when we obey Him, despite the resultant humiliation and disgrace.

In conclusion, a father’s influence on society is impactful and long-lasting when the father acknowledges, respects, and obeys God in his life. 

In 2 Samuel 7:14-15, God said this David about David, I will be a father to him, and he’ll be a son to me. When he does wrong, I’ll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life. But I’ll never remove my gracious love from him.” As we celebrate Father’s day today let us pray that these same words will apply to every father.

Happy Fathers Day!

By: Alex Diang’a

This post was published on Sunday 20 June 2021