An Excellent Father
When we think of Job we think of his sufferings and his testimony through it all.
"In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly" (1:22).
"In all this did not Job sin with his lips" (2:10).
The Four Characteristics That Made Job an Excellent Father
He was a man of integrity -- "perfect and upright"
A Christian father should be growing spiritually.
I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not
as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the
understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through
the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness,
to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned
Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him,
as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former
conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful
lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on
the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true
holiness (Ephesians 4:17-24).
A Christian father should be blameless.
in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your
speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how
ye ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:5-6).
He feared God.
A Christian father should guard his home from idolatry.
O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD
thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in
thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou
walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up
Thou shalt fear the
LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall not
go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about
you (Deuteronomy 6:13-14)
And we know that
we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know
that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that
we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in
his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little
children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen (1 John 5:19-21).
He took a stand against evil.
A Christian father should avoid the world's influence.
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).
A Christian father should protect his family from the world's influence.
He interceded for his children.
"Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
A Christian father should worship God secretely.
A Christian father should lead his family in worship corporately.
A Christian father should function as a priest for his family.
from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten
of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that
loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made
us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6).
also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ.But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an
holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light (1