Second, a father PROVIDES.
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. (Genesis 1:29–30, NLT)
God didn’t just create life and then let it fend for itself. He provided for it. He created the eggs you had for breakfast, the steak you’re going to grill this evening, and the ice cream you’re going to have for dessert.
Men, there’s a reason why you have an innate desire to provide for your family. It’s because you are a father and that’s what father’s do.
But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. (1 Timothy 5:8, NLT)
Fathers, it’s your responsibility to make sure your family is taken care of. It’s not your wife’s responsibility, it’s not the government’s responsibility, and it’s not the church’s responsibility. It’s yours.
But, guys, this doesn’t mean you can hide out at work all the time under the guise of “providing.” Your wife and kids have more than just financial needs. They have physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs, as well. Don’t fulfill one at the expense of the others. Your kids don’t just need a father, they need a DAD. So you need to make sure ALL of their needs are provided for.