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Good Good Father

Good Good Father

“ In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”-1 John 4:9-11

My daddy is a hard-working man who puts his family first in all things, all the time. Growing up, he always made sure we never went without even if it meant that he had to. My father was able to support three children and a wife while working two and sometimes three jobs just to make ends meet and I will be forever grateful for that. He was able to instill in me the importance of making an honest living and taking pride in doing so.

This father’s day I was able to spend the day with my daddy and let him know how much I love and appreciate everything he has done for our family over the years, a tradition many others don’t have the luxury of doing. I can wholeheartedly say I have been truly blessed with the parents that God has given me; the earthly father that God has given me.

Father’s Day is a day that is spent to honor and thank all of the dads who have sacrificed and raised us through the years and they should rightly be praised not just one day a year, but every day. But, I want to take a step further into the title of a father. How often do we think of our Heavenly Father? How often do we take a day, an hour, or even a few minutes to glorify and thank Him for all he does in our lives, day in and day out?

Without the love that God has for us, we could not partake in the love of our earthly fathers because love first comes from the Lord; therefore, it is only because of God’s love towards us that our earthly fathers can love us.

Growing up, I never questioned how much my daddy loved me because he made it a point to show me day in and day out. Of course, there were times when I know I disappointed my dad, but I am so thankful that I never had to question his love for me. Looking at this aspect of my father and mine's relationship makes me think of how I see myself in the Lord.

In my heart I know that God loves me more than anyone ever could; more than I could ever fathom and yet, I think of how often I question God’s love towards me. I wonder why? Or, how could he love me so much, especially when I fail him daily?

In Romans 8, Paul speaks of the great love that God has for us and how we should be certain that nothing we can do will ever change the way our Heavenly Father looks at us when we are made children of God through the shed blood of Christ Jesus.

 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?..” in verse 38 and 39, Paul says “ for I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creatures, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 8: 35

That is power to me. Whether we are in or out of fellowship with our earthly father, nothing can separate us from the eternal love of God.

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As a child and into my adolescent and even now young adult years, I wasn’t able to see it at the time, but now it is so clear to me how much patience a father (or any parent) has towards their children. Of all the times I and my brother and sister argued, destroyed the house, disobeyed, and rolled our eyes at my parents, it never changed the love that they had for us.

I am convinced that the patience our parents give us is reflective of God’s patience, God’s love, and God’s grace. As earthly beings, we are guilty of running out of patience, and quickly getting angry but God- He never does. God has an unending and merciful love for us through the grace He gives from the atoning sacrifice of His son. Because of this grace, we can bring all of our struggles and all of our burdens to our Heavenly Father, with no thought of shame or disappointment; just gratefulness.

{Psalm 86:15 “ But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” }

For those in broken families where a father may not have been present growing up, or families that have lost a father, I want you to know that you have a heavenly Father that loves and adores you more than anyone ever could. God not only desires time spent in communion with you, but He also wants to be your best friend. He wants to know you and be known by you. There is no greater joy you could give nor receive than when you are in fellowship with the Father.

In the 6th chapter of the book of Psalms, David tells us that in His presence is the fullness of joy. If God could call an adulterer, murderer, and willfully disobedient man a “man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22), then surely we can bring whatever dirty laundry we have to His throne and know that we can find His forgiveness and mercy at His feet. You see, even with these
terrible things David was guilty of, David was also reverent of the Lord and he knew that above everything else he needed God. God in all his sovereignty knew that for all of David’s shortcomings, he loved and reverenced God more.

{O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.} Psalm 16:6-11

How amazing is it to know that God sees us in a way that no one else can? How awesome is it to know that even with our dirty, messed up lives God still welcomes us with arms wide open? God treasures the brokenhearted, stained sinners; He gave His own son for them.

{How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure. That He should give His only Son to make a wretch his treasure- How Deep the Father's Love for Us}

Just as we can go to our earthly fathers with our cares and concerns, we should be able to come to God with anything, whether in brokenness or joy to share our thoughts with him. Though we may not always be near our fathers on earth, God is not a Father who is far away! He is ever-present with us and always seeking us out. What comfort and peace this gives to know that it is not in our strength, but God’s perfect power that we are made heirs of God and his Kingdom.

For all who were blessed to be able to celebrate this day with your father, I pray many more years of honoring and cherishing him to come. How wonderful it is to have someone given to us by God to model how He loves us with unconditional love. And for our Heavenly Father, I pray you would know even deeper still the desires that he has for us and His relentless pursuit of our hearts.

 

-Blessings

 

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