The song with the same title as the headline above was written by Daniel C. Roberts (1841-1907):

“God of our Fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.”

We all need to praise and worship God for all He is doing in our lives – especially in giving His Son Jesus to whosoever would receive and obey.

Men who have received Christ as Savior for eternity are realizing the impact we should have each day upon our children and those following them. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:4 the strong fact: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Men must be sensitive in praying and acting Godly in raising children and helping in any youth they can.

A stern warning comes to fathers in Colossians chapter three. It does tell the youth: “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord” (verse 20). The next verse prevents a man from just demanding this one for the children. Verse 21 says: “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” If the demands of parents do not be first bathed in prayer and to honor Christ, then the results of parental demands will not go well. We all must be yielded to Christ in order to do right for our loved ones.

There is absolutely a daily need for parents to follow family discipline and Godly leadership in each home. We are seeing today the disaster of so many parents not interested in knowing and following God’s Word for family truth. Sin is full of the departure from Bible truths. The only hope for our nation, community and families is that we would resolve to have Christ first in our hearts and lives and then to extend that forth to folks.

Proverbs 22:6 says that parents are to “Train up a child in the way he (or she) should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The right training and understanding in our lives is not simply automatic to the mind and heart of a young person. Many book writers and Godless teachers are used by Satan to encourage nothing about Bible understanding or Christ-honoring knowledge. More and more, we need to encourage the honoring of Jesus in young lives.

Wisely, some parents and others start praying for children, even before they are born. Abraham was seen by God as one He wanted to use because of his obedience and heart desire. In Genesis 18:19, we read: “For I know him (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment.” We must all set our lives forward for Bible instruction and Christ-honoring in the lives of the youth. That would be very important for schoolteachers and instructors like some of us remember we had in children.

Our second verse found in “God of Our Fathers” tells us:

“Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land, by Thee our lot is cast;
Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.”

It is thrilling to accept God’s Word as our specific directions! We will be so blessed to get to the point where “To live is Christ, and to die is gain,” as Paul wrote. We read in Proverbs 17:6 that: “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”

The focus of godly leadership is upon the children, and that is given in order that “glory” is to be received from fathers.

Jesus, the Lord of creation, “shall come in the glory of his Father” (Matthew 16:27). God’s reputation and acceptance was (and still is) conferred to Jesus Christ and no one else. He is our only way to please God and then eternally reside in Heaven. All the human fathers are given the ultimate goal to be Christ-like. Peter writes that Christ “received from God the Father honor and glory” (2 Peter 1:17a). When we receive Jesus as Savior, we also receive those possibilities for eternity.

Verse three in today’s song recites:

“From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm – our ever sure defense;
Thy truthful faith, in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.”

A father’s thinking and public reputation is reflected onto his children. How we work, speak and behave will be passed on to them. It is extremely serious and must be bathed in prayer and in resolution of heart. God insists in: “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin (only through Christ), and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and to the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:7).

It is absolutely serious that men are to realize the truth of life as a father and teacher of youth. We must desire that children receive glory from a life that is in righteousness because it is in Christ!

Our fourth verse from “God of Our Fathers” says:

“Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way.
Lead us from night to never-ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, land and praise be ever Thine!”
Amen to fathers and men teachers!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.