Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
—Psalm 25:12 (NASB)
Here are five truths from Billy Graham about fatherhood.
1. You can be a good father.
Even if your dad wasn’t a good example or wasn’t in the picture at all, you don’t have to fear fatherhood. You have a heavenly Father who will never fail you.
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Why you shouldn’t fear fatherhood.
2. God wants you to honour your father.
It might not be easy, but it is a mandate from God. The Bible says, “Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: What does it mean to honour your father?
3. Time is precious.
Harboring resentment doesn’t glorify God or serve in your best interest. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, so fathers, children—make the most of whatever time you have today. Consider James 4:14, which says, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Grab the chance to reconnect with your father.
4. Be patient and loving.
Find your strength and peace in God. Billy Graham has said, “Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of our world and our hearts. Christ alone can bring lasting peace.”
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Persevere in Christ as a single dad.
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Pray for a verbally abusive father.
5. Prayer is powerful.
Pray for your family, your children, your children’s children (even if they aren’t here yet). Billy Graham says prayer is powerful and a great privilege for those who trust in the Lord.
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: If you don’t pray for your children, who will?