God’s Promises to Fathers, Part 1: You Will Give Life

For You From The Word

Your father gave you life. (Proverbs 23:22, NIV)

For You To Think About

dad-and-baby-silhouetteThe Bible credits God using fathers to give life.

Nehemiah, speaking to God, says, “You give life to everything” (Nehemiah 9:6, NIV). The verb “give,” asah in Hebrew, means “to make.” In other words, God fashions life. Everything that lives and breathes and moves was made by God.

Proverbs 23:22 describes a father’s role in the process: “Your father … gave you life.” Here, the verb “gave” is yalad, an altogether different word in the Hebrew. It means “to bear young” or “beget.”

Logic follows: God is the originator of life. He uses a father to pass along life to his children.

While a mother nurtures and cares for a child in the womb, a father too is God’s instrument. A father is the means God uses to pass life on to succeeding generations.

Can there be a more significant role a man can play?

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your specific promises to fathers. Show men the instrumental role they play for You in giving life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More Promises for Fathers

God’s Promises for Fathers, Part 2: Peace of Mind

God’s Promises for Fathers, Part 3: Blessings

God’s Promises for Fathers, Part 4: Uniqueness

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