May 13, 2020 – The Heart of the Fathers

Read Romans 12

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers,  lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”  Malachi 4:5-6 

 

1) The Lord will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. That would imply that the hearts of the fathers are not to their children today. When we talk about single parent families, twenty three per cent of all children live with only a mother. Only four percent of the children live with only a father. 

According to government statistics,  43 percent of children in America live without a Father in the home. The statistics also show that 40 percent of the single parent homes with only a mom live below the poverty level. Seventy one percent of all high school dropouts come from homes without a father. Millions of kids in America are growing up in poverty, and one of the main reasons is the lack of fathers.

This problem is huge in America and is also a problem in many other countries. In South Africa for instance, two thirds of all children live in homes without a father. The numbers are increasing yearly.

This problem is passed on to the next generation. Boys without fathers are far more likely to be sexually active at a young age. That in turn will lead to more homes without fathers. A father’s duty is to train his children to be faithful to their family. A boy growing up in a home without a father does not learn the lessons of manliness. They think the answer is strength, but they miss the answer of godly character.  
 
 

2) The Lord will turn the hearts of the children to their fathers. A card company donated Mothers’ day cards to inmates in a prison. They quickly ran out of cards. They decided to donate cards on Fathers’ day as well, but were shocked to discover that  only a few cards were taken. The mother was the only real stable influence in those homes. Consider Solomon’s words:

“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;”  (Proverbs 2:1) 

“Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.” (Proverbs 4:10) 

Some 25 times in the book of Proverbs you read, “My son.” Solomon is pleading with his son. The greatest plea in the book is for the son to receive the words of the Father. True wisdom is learning from a dad and foolishness is rejecting the Father’s instructions.

“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23:26 

 

An Exercise to Increase our Faith: Where have all the fathers gone? Many are absent from their homes, and in homes where the father is the bread winner, he still may be missing emotionally. Unless he is giving instruction and guidance to the children, they will grow up without understanding the role of fatherhood or the role of God as our Father. The problem is evident throughout our country. We have resigned from our primary role of training our children in the fear of the Lord.

There is nothing in our world that can make up the difference! There are no television programs, or club programs that are able to take over the role of the Father.

 


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