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Fathers Need to Provide

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

1 Timothy 5:8

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

My parents were not Christians when I was growing up. I am thankful they are now. They also struggled in their marriage in those earlier, lost years, even living apart at times. But no matter how stressed my mother would be with my dad during those years, I always remember her saying, “your daddy is a good provider.”

He recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He is still a good provider. Having been self employed for years and not having a retirement fund, he still goes to work everyday to take care of my mother. He has been someone his children and grandchildren looked to when they were in need, financially or emotionally. I remember when my sister faced a custody battle with an evil and abusive man. My mother told me how daddy paced the floors at night over this and my aunt told me that if the case didn’t go well, he would know how to take of it. I leave you do decide what she meant by that statement, but I know what she meant. That statement may not paint him in the best light, but this was pre-salvation, and the point is that he took on our burdens as much he could. Even before accepting Christ, he provided for us with his labor and with his strength. Since accepting Christ, he has become a true provider for his family by his prayers, his instruction, his leadership. In today’s world, so many fathers don’t even take care of the basic needs of their family and that is shameful! Don’t forget though, the most important needs of your family. Daddies, get your babies in church, teach them at home, and set that right example.

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