"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” -Romans 8:14-15
Today is Father's Day, a day we celebrate the father and father figures in our life. It's an amazing time to stop and remember everything our dad's have done for us, how they've always been there, and how they're raising the next generation.
Growing up without a father myself, father's day has always been a day when I reflect on the goodness and love of my Heavenly Father.
It's interesting that throughout Scripture God is described just as that--as our Father-- over and over and over again. He could've chosen any way to describe the relationship He has with His people throughout the Bible, yet He chose to Father.
In the New Testament, we see Jesus calling God Father when He prays in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:39-42), and Paul describes our relationship with God as being adopted into God's family, and thereby making us His children. In the Old Testament, we see God being a Father to the nation of Israel, promising that He will be their God.
It's no wonder that when raised around Godly men who surrender themselves to God we get a beautiful picture of what our heavenly Father looks like. In fact, I believe God created it this way. But when we're raised around men who aren't pursuing God, the image of God being a Father may be a hard one to grasp, and maybe even a painful one.
No matter the relationship you have with your earthly father, there is a heavenly one who is everything your heart has ever needed in an earthly father--and more.
Father's are strong. Father's are dependable. Father's are providers. Father's are defenders. Father's are handymen. Father's are adventure buddies. Father's are security. Father's are comfort. Father's are love.
When we look at God, we find Him more than able to be all these things. In fact, at the very core of His nature, He is all these things. And at the core of our hearts, we'll find if we seek Him, He is able to fulfill the longings we all long for in a father.
To all the father's out there, I want to thank you for what you're doing. You are truly changing the next generation, and as hard as we try to fill it, the void a father leaves is just not the same as having one around, just like God intended. We celebrate and honor you today!
And for those who are, for any number of reasons, without your father today, know you have a Heavenly one waiting and capable of being everything you need. Today and everyday.
Until next time,
P.S. For more on this topic, I'll link a blog I wrote about a year and a half ago. It came out of a season where I was really needing an earthly father, and found the arms of my Heavenly one. I hope that can encourage you today, too