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Remembering Fathers

Father’s Day came and left as quietly as it arrived. Uh oh, did you forget about Father’s Day again? Oh no, I forgot it was last Sunday. Well, you are not alone.

On average, children spend more time looking for the perfect gift for their moms and a lot more money on Mother’s Day than on Father’s Day. 

Why does Mother’s Day get way more attention than Father’s Day?

One reason is that mothers are often seen as the primary contributors to home life and thus deserve more attention. They typically handle tasks such as cooking, doing laundry, cleaning the house, reading to the children, and taking them to and from school, while fathers are often perceived as being invisible for much of their lives.

Let us not discount the contributions dads make around the house. Who fixed the leaking tap and hung up the fan on the wall? Who fixed it whenever something was broken? Who killed the lizards?

For many, mothers are angels while fathers are the “ouch” angels. The hands of mothers produce good things around the house. The father’s hands do only one thing – SPANK!

Fathers may not talk much, but it does not mean they do not care. During the church camp, the women gathered in a room for chit-chat during the free period. You will never see the men doing it because it is not in their DNA. 

Fathers have a tough time as the breadwinners. Many put their lives at risk to provide for their families. Children, the hands that bring in the flour are as important as those that bake it.

In the Bible, there is a father figure who was rejected by many, and often misunderstood and blamed for every evil thing that happened, whether on people or in the world. Do you know who I am referring to?

He is our heavenly Father. I guess you did not remember Him during Father’s Day. You are not alone; the world did not remember Him either.

The world does not remember His love: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

The world does not acknowledge His existence: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

The world was unthankful despite what He has done for them: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

The world blames Him for the “evils” in this world: “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” (Proverbs 19:3). The verse is saying that when the foolishness of men gets them into trouble, they blame God. 

Because men do not comprehend God, they hold Him responsible for the loss of their loved ones and the devastation caused by natural disasters, as well as for the adversities in their lives.

Who caused the afflictions on Job? Who killed his children and took away his possessions? It was Satan (Job 1:6-22). But God got the blame: “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away” (Job 1:21). Yet, though Job thought it was God who took everything from him, he did not blame Him. 

Instead of blaming God, Job said: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him” (Job 13:15). What a great faith! For his faithfulness, God blessed him with more than he had at the beginning (Job 42:12, 13). 

Stop blaming God for your hardships and troubles or sicknesses and the death of your loved ones and friends. When you are tempted to blame God, remember Job. 

Start trusting God and relying on Him for strength to overcome:

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

We have a loving Father in heaven. Let us seek to know and understand Him:

“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts 17:27, 28). 

We are His children. On Father’s Day, let us not forget our Heavenly Father.


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