My son, who is 8, and I are going on a cub scouting trip this weekend. I, myself, followed the tradition of my dad who also went through the scouting experience. It is a good program for boys and I recommend it. I am glad my boy enjoys being outside and learning new things. I want to be a part of his life and help him as he grows. Is this something God expects from every dad? How involved should parents, especially dads, be involved in their children's lives?
Abraham was also expected to be involved in his family's lives. Why? Because God knew he (Abraham/dad) would naturally have an impact, whether good or bad, on the future development of his children. Did Abraham play with his kids? I am sure he did. Did Abraham discipline his children? Hopefully. Did he show his family the love he had for his wife? I believe so. How much more important then did he take the responsibility of teaching his family about the love of God through "the ways of the Lord"? It was imperative.
Should fathers/parents today be any less involved in teaching and loving their children in the "ways of the Lord"? Absolutely not. Please recognize your task and be about parenting your children in the Lord.
The Lord's humbled . . . John A. Reeves