Today is Father’s Day. A day that we celebrate Father’s, the men who shaped our lives and loved us with unconditional love. Well, that’s what we’d like to celebrate, but reality is, most of us did not have a dad like that.
Perhaps you grew up in a home where your father was absent. He just wasn’t around. Or, perhaps your father was violent or abused you. Perhaps you grew up in a fairly normal household and your father was a mixture of good and bad. Or maybe your father drank too much. Or simply didn’t care.
No matter how you may characterize your father, it doesn’t mean your heavenly father is at all similar to your earthly father. If you are a Christian, you are told that you have been adopted into the family of God. Notice the word adopted. You are legally joined to God via adoption. This isn’t just a good idea or a nice thought, this is a legally binding transaction. You are now apart of God’s family.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1st John 3:1
We are God’s children. And what an amazing thing that is to think about! God himself is our father. And unlike our earthly fathers, He is perfect. He truly is a good father who cares for his children.
Too many times we relate to God the way we relate to our earthly fathers. We think that just because our earthly father didn’t want to spend time with us, that means our heavenly father doesn’t want to spend time with us. But nothing could be farther from the truth! Our Father in heaven loves us and seeks after us so that we can spend time together.
We read in the Old Testament of how God spent Moses, Joshua, the prophets and many others. The heroes of the faith spent time with God. They sought after him. David was called a man after God’s heart. Why was he called that? Because David had a prayer life that focused on intimate time with God. We should seek the same thing.
And it doesn’t matter if you’ve never sought after that in your life, God’s love is amazing and will forgive you for putting other things as priorities while neglecting the one that matters the most. Love keeps no records of wrongs.
In the New Testament, we get a better picture of the depths of God’s love for us. John 3:16 says that God loved the world so much, that he gave up his only son for it. What an amazing love! We struggle to fathom that type of love. It’s far beyond our comprehension. But thankfully, we don’t have to comprehend it in order to receive it! God freely gives it to us, all we need to do is receive it and rest in it. There’s nothing we can do to earn it, so we just accept it and move on.
So on this Father’s Day, let us learn from our heavenly father. As fathers, we should love our children and wives with a love that is everlasting. We should love without reservation. We should love without fear, for perfect love casts out all fear.
We should seek to be like our heavenly father in every way. God doesn’t leave us or forsake us. We should endeavor to stand by our children with that same kind of a unshakable love.