A favorite Bible verse about Fathers is, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” (Psalm 127:3-4)
Over the years, many people have debated how many children are required to fill up this quiver, but one thing is for sure: children should be valued as a blessing – no matter how many you have!
Our Heavenly Father’s Example
Ever since I have had children, I have come to know the heart of the Father like never before. I read Bible verses about fathers, but once I had children and became a father I saw things in a new way. I believe that every man that has been blessed with children has been given a great insight; a great opportunity to know what it is like to relate to God as a Father. Even so, there are other ways that men could be called to fatherhood and tremendous blessing outside of natural born children.
I have been blessed with four beautiful children, and my heart is so full of love for each and every one of them. When I became a father for the first time with Esther, I knew that I had been blessed with something far greater than I could have ever imagined. I was stunned in the best way possible! This beautiful little girl had drawn me closer in relationship to my Heavenly Father in just a matter of moments with her first few breaths. In an instant I felt a deeper connection with the love of my Heavenly Father for me.
It’s true that not all dads are fathers in the godly sense, but it’s also true that some who are fathers, are not dads. That’s perfectly clear right? Let me explain. Some men have never been biological fathers but have been granted fatherhood through a higher calling. Whether you have a spiritual child, a niece or nephew or are mentoring someone, those of you who are father figures have been given a gift by God to be able to relate to and reflect our Heavenly Father’s calling in a very real and tangible way.
My prayer is that regardless of your specific situation, that you men answer the call to lead, guide, encourage, correct and teach those you have been placed in your care and to seek out others to help support and spread His eternal wisdom and influence.
May you be blessed by these Bible verses about Fathers. I pray that you may be lead to be a father figure to someone in need of a Godly man in their lives. So you may know more deeply the relationship you have with The Father. May you be abundantly blessed!
Old Testament Verses
“For the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him”
“Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”
“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
~ 1 Chronicles 28:9
My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.
~ Proverbs 13:24
New Testament Verses
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
~1 Corinthians 16:13
“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
~1 Timothy 3:2
Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
Read and contemplate what these Bible verses about Fathers have to say to each one of us. See more Bible verses about family.