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Online Bible Verses - Proverbs 23:24 - Bible verses about dads: a man who fathers a wise son rejoices

Updated on July 9, 2012

“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Proverbs 23:24

I'm thinking this might be a pre-Father’s day verse, appropriately timed.

We find so many guidelines for living within Proverbs. Guidelines written long ago yet still applicable today. Consider for a second a verse from 2nd Timothy Chapter 3:16 -

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

One thing we might consider, do we believe that scripture is the inspired and unadulterated word of God, indirectly penned by Him and preserved over time? (coexistent, compromised versions in place as well, but that is another discussion for another time)

Taking a book and coming to a belief it was supernaturally inspired and maintained over a period spanning thousands of years using 40 authors is a leap of faith, that is understood. At the same time, study and investigation over several years, has, in my case, made the argument more than viable. Put another way, I believe it. Expressed yet another way, if the God I believe in can create the universe and resurrect Himself from the grave, then He can certainly see that book is written.

With that then, let’s look at today’s verse and consider it to be advisement from Him for fathers. For us dads. Here I sit at 47 years old, and have come to the realization my purpose on earth is to be a Godly husband and father. That above all things. Does not sound exciting given I had other plans drafted and outlined by myself when I was a kid. I was going to do this and do that, a bunch of stuff. Turns out God had a different plan, the one He saw. And He has led me to understand, being the dad He wants me to be requires all the energy and effort I can muster. Bring those kids up to know and love God first, and as a result become outstanding people.

Job #1 for us Dad’s. It’s the game we are in. Maybe not the one we envisioned, but once in it we can ask God to help us be our best. That despite the sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges and situations we have to do it in. No matter how complex, convoluted and/or complicated the scenario is, He has a way to make it work. In my case and I suspect in others, some ill-advised choices in years past have made today’s job harder. Still, He can help us overcome and be the best Dads we can be.


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