As I listened and read the below during service this AM I was searching out the words of wisdom that I could gain as a father. Our pastor correctly advised that these traits were certainly applicable for all men and that we not only need these kind of men leading our families, but also our communities and our country.
The statistics are clear about fatherless children. Fatherless girls are much more likely to have children as teens and out of wedlock. They are more likely to have psychological issues and divorce. Fatherless young men are much more likely to be the fathers of those above, end up in jail, and divorce.
Praise God. Blessed is the man that fears God, That delights greatly in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon earth: The generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house; And his righteousness endures for ever.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: He is gracious, and merciful, and righteous.
Well is it with the man that deals graciously and lends; He shall maintain his cause in judgment.
For he shall never be moved; The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: His heart is fixed, trusting in Jehovah.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, Until he see his desire upon his adversaries.
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the needy; His righteousness endures for ever: His horn shall be exalted with honor.
The wicked shall see it, and be angry; He shall gnash his teeth, and melt away: The desire of the wicked shall perish.
Our real father has given us the manual for being the kind of men and fathers we need to be. The above is just a fraction of all the great advise that exists.
What struck me was the final sentence. It reveals that when men strive for and start to engrain and reflect the above traits and then attempt to apply them in their lives "the wicked shall see it and be angry". So as we strive to become better at being fathers and men after God's heart we will naturally be confronted with anger, bitterness, and opposition.
Let's strive for the first 9 above and stay above number 10. For those of you reading this who can't wait to criticize it in your liberal or faithless blogs I challenge you to raise the bar on the dialogue.