There is perhaps no other aspect of your fatherhood that will stir up more issues, bring more temptations for you than providing for your family. In working to provide for a family a man's expectations are very high. But together with the dignity imparted to him all the way back in the Garden of Eden there is at the same time echoes of the curse. This makes for a strange combination of opposite emotions, high expectations (hopes) and high frustrations (thorns and thistles). The high expectations spring from the creation and the high frustrations spring from the curse of man having fallen into the state of sin.
It is important to remember that every man's father faced similar temptations in this area. And as he faced his temptations, he, being a sinful man, inevitably wounded his son in the process. When a son becomes a father himself the challenge of providing for his family can open up those old wounds that were not ever healed.
But there is a blessing hidden within this curse. It is in this part of a father's provider identity, perhaps more than any other area, that a man is most apt to turn to Another Father, the heavenly Father through His Son, Jesus. Just listen to a group of men who are supporting and praying for each other and you will hear these men ask for prayer for their jobs in some way. This role stretches a man to turn to outside help! And for us guys, that is a good thing.
In what way has your work caused YOU to depend upon "Another Father?" Leave comment below!