For many kids, even those don’t work. They have to get creative. They say, “He is like my real father.” Or they might introduce him with, “He’s been like a father to me.”
Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for all those types of fathers. I praise the Lord for men who stand in the gap and become fathers to the fatherless, to be a dad to those who need one. While not the ideal, it’s a hundred times better than the child having no father figure at all. I’m convinced that to be a substitute father, officially or unofficially, is one of the greatest acts of human kindness. The Bible calls it “pure and undefiled religion.”
Take Away: Praise the Lord for men who stand in the gap and become fathers to the fatherless, to be a dad to those who need one.