In the journey of fatherhood, the choice to lead with unwavering confidence instead of succumbing to fear is a universal challenge. As dads navigate the complexities of their roles in today’s diverse world, timeless wisdom can be found in various sources. Whether drawing inspiration from religious texts or philosophical teachings, fathers can find courage, strength, and guidance to step up and fulfill their responsibilities in a way that uplifts their families and communities.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV):
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
This verse emphasizes the importance of courage and strength, assuring that God is with us in every step we take.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV):
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline."
God provides us with the strength and power to overcome fear through the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV):
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
This verse reinforces the idea that God’s presence and strength are sufficient to face any challenges.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV):
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Trusting in God and seeking His guidance can bring clarity and direction in a father’s journey.
Ephesians 6:4 (NIV):
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
This verse highlights the responsibility of fathers to lead their children in a godly manner.
In the intricate tapestry of fatherhood, the threads of courage and resilience weave a fabric that transcends cultural and religious boundaries. Whether rooted in faith or philosophy, fathers who embrace these principles can navigate the challenges of modern life with love, wisdom, and a sense of purpose. May these timeless truths serve as a guiding light, empowering dads from all walks of life to rise above fear, embrace confidence, and contribute positively to the intricate web of family and society.
This year I am using the 365 Daily Devotions book I received for Christmas and applying it towards being dads. It’s called WALKING WITH GOD by DAVID JEREMIAH. It’s exciting to get to learn from a new resource this year as we have tried different options the past two years and will keep working through this one for 2024. For more information about the author and his ministry, visit: DavidJeremiah.org.
Topic: Walking by Faith
Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
For we live by faith, not by sight.
Therefore, let’s be the dads who realize that we shouldn’t allow what we’ve seen define or cause us to fear or doubt. Additionally, let’s be the dads who trust God and lean into Him rather than our own understanding by faith. Furthermore, let’s be the dads who stop allowing the pains of the past to impact our days today.
We need to be walking through the lens of Faith:
Today’s Devotional brings us to a point of what does the future speak into our present? Are we allowing “a difficult experience in” our past to define or cause us to be “fearful of what the future might hold”? Today’s verse tries to speak to us how we need to live by faith instead of by sight, which some days may be easier to say that put into practice.
Let’s focus on the promises of God rather than the things of this world through Faith:
Today we can live by the evidence of God through the thousands of years of history given to us through the Bible. We may not have seen it but God has revealed His faithfulness and love for us through His Word. Let’s decide right here right now heading into today that we will trust God and walk in accordance to His purpose!
Faith over uncertain future:
Today’s Devotional closes with this thought: “If you are facing an uncertain future (and who isn’t), remember to walk by faith — faith in the God who promises He ‘will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5).”