I love being a father. Those of you who are fathers will agree with me that fatherhood is an exciting experience. It’s a wonderful privilege that carries with it great responsibilities. Being a father has taught me many things about my own relationship with God and particularly the Fatherhood of God. For me, a light bulb went on in my mind about God when I became a father. In other words, God has used my experience of fatherhood to show and teach me how my relationship with Him is supposed to be.
As we prepare to celebrate fathers on this year’s Fathers Day on Sunday (19 June), allow me to share with you just one big lesson I have learned through my fatherhood about the Fatherhood of God. Here it is: God is the perfect Father! He is a Father but not like me or any human father. This is very good news! Ever since I became a father about four years ago, I don’t think a day has passed without me thinking about my two children. As expected, I have very strong feelings about each of them and would be willing do anything to give them what’s best for them
Now if I, as a sinful and imperfect father can have these good thoughts and the warm and strong feelings about my children, how about the perfect Heavenly Father? If you are one of His children through faith in Jesus Christ, you can sure of this: He loves you very much and you’re never out of His sight and mind. The Psalmist put it like this: “The Lord looks down from heaven; He observes everyone. He gazes on all the inhabitants of the earth from His dwelling place. He alone shapes their hearts; He considers all their works.” (Psalms 33:13-15, HCSB) God delights in you and is interested in every detail of your life. And as Rick Warren once said, God is not mad at you; He is mad about you!
And just like many earthly fathers, God, our Heavenly Father desires what’s best for us. He has our best interests at heart, but unlike all earthly fathers, He is not limited. He is all powerful and can do anything He wants. I sometimes desire things for my children but because I’m limited physically, emotionally, financially, etc. I’m unable to fulfill these desires. God is not like that. He can and will give His children anything that’s good for them without withholding (Romans 8:32). Chris Tomlin rightly sang that God is a good good Father and for this reason He can be trusted. He is a perfect Father who loves us unfailingly, unconditionally and compassionately. He is an infinitely wise Father who knows what He is doing and never makes any mistakes.
The other night as I put my son to bed, he whispered to my ear, “Dad, you’re my best friend ever!” You can imagine what I felt. It’s something I’ll treasure and remember for a long time. I believe God would be delighted to hear you whisper to Him and tell Him how much He means to you and how much you love Him. This is what the greatest and most important commandment is all about (see Mark 12:29-30). But let it not be something you do just once in a while. Make expressing love to God (through your words and actions) a daily habit, even your lifestyle. This is what true worship is.
Point To Ponder:
“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 good gifts to those who ask Him!” Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:11