Is knowing enough or is showing better?

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As we start today there are a lot of things, we know in our heads but is knowing enough? In my mind the Word that speaks to not just being hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word come to mind. Let’s be the dads who know what we are to do and be about doing it by showing our wives, kids, and world how important they are not only to us but also to God.

Embracing Action over Knowledge

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to fall into the trap of merely knowing what we should do without actually putting it into practice. However, as fathers, it’s crucial to move beyond mere knowledge and embody the principles we hold dear. James 1:22 reminds us, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” This verse emphasizes the importance of action, not just understanding. As dads, we must actively demonstrate love, patience, and integrity to our families, not just talk about it.

The Importance of Demonstrating Love

Knowledge without action is futile. As fathers, it’s not enough to simply know what we should do; we must actively demonstrate it in our daily lives. Whether it’s showing love through acts of service, teaching our children by example, or prioritizing our families over worldly pursuits, our actions speak louder than words.

Knowing Practical Steps to Being a Doer of the Word

Take intentional steps each day to embody the values you hold dear as a father. Whether it’s spending quality time with your children, actively listening to your spouse, or living out your faith in tangible ways, strive to be a doer of the Word. By consistently putting your beliefs into action, you’ll not only strengthen your family bond but also serve as a positive example to those around you.

Seeking God’s Guidance as Fathers

As fathers, let’s turn to God’s Word to seek His guidance on how to fulfill the purpose He has ordained for us, thereby bringing glory to His name. By aligning ourselves with His will, we can become the men He intended us to be. Let’s not only hear but also heed His teachings, striving to live out His principles in our daily lives.

Knowing to Prioritize Godly Relationships in Marriage

In our roles as husbands, it’s essential to seek God’s wisdom and understanding, enabling us to better fulfill the needs of our wives and cultivate strong, loving relationships within our marriages. Let’s prioritize prayer and seeking God’s will together with our spouses, allowing His guidance to strengthen our bonds and sustain our marriages. Through humility and selflessness, let’s exemplify Christ-like love to our wives, honoring them as God’s precious gifts to us.

Knowing we need to Navigate Fatherhood with God’s Wisdom

As we navigate the challenges of fatherhood, let’s lean on the direction and patience that God provides through His Word, effectively meeting the needs of our children and leading them in the ways of righteousness. Let’s cherish the privilege of fatherhood as a divine calling, recognizing that God has entrusted us with the precious responsibility of shaping young lives. By modeling integrity, compassion, and godly character, let’s guide our children to walk faithfully with the Lord, reflecting His love and grace in all they do.

Today’s Devotional:

This year, I am utilizing the 365 Daily Devotions book I received for Christmas, applying its teachings specifically in the context of fatherhood. 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:


Verse: Matthew 10:30 (NIV)

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Trusting God’s Plans in Times of Loss

Today’s Devotional calls us to lean in and trust God and His plans for our lives. It kicks off about how for many of us we know about God and others may consider knowing God, and yet when somethings happen in life, they question God’s plan. God knows every finite detail about us including the number of hairs on our heads and so we can trust Him and His plans which are for good and not for evil, to give us a hope and a future, even when things like a loss happen. It’s true with a “loss of a job, a home, or a loved one.”

Finding Hope in God’s Faithfulness: Biblical Examples

Today’s Devotional provides us with examples of people in the Bible who wondered how God was going to fulfill His purpose, plan, and promise in each of their lives. It starts with “Abraham laughed” and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” It continues with the story of how “Moses thought he hit a dead end at the Red Sea with more than two million people following his directions.” It then shares how “Joseph was locked in up a prison, rejected by his brothers, and falsely accused by his employer’s wife” and yet God came through for each of them and will for each of us too, so don’t lose hope nor give up.

Embracing God’s Understanding and Direction

Today’s Devotional speaks to how God understand and gets it, He knows! Not only the number of hairs on our head but the cries of our hearts, our confusion with the situation, and the heartbreak of loss. Don’t lose hope because of what you can see! Trust God instead, lean not on your own understanding but instead acknowledge God and He will show you the path to take! His plans are better than our plans, His ways are higher than our ways, and just like with Joseph, He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around and use it for good!

Today’s Devotional closes out with some questions to ponder right where we are at today:

  • “Have you been feeling that God’s plans for you are thwarted by misfortune?”

Let’s grab onto the truth shared with us through Today’s Devotional that says “Rejoice that a loving God holds you in His grip.”

“Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His purposes; and nothing is beyond His control.”


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