“May the god of hope fill you with all of the joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
When I was young, my dad was my favorite person. I would go to work with him, help him skin deer and watch football. Anything that would keep me close to his side. But as I got older my father became abusive. That connection I had with him slowly disappeared and I was heart broken. I was no longer a daddy’s girl. I was a child with an abusive father.
To me, my father was two different people. A man who loved me unconditionally and then a man who hurt me when he got angry. When I grew up and began to have a relationship with God…my father/daughter relationship was heavy on my mind.
God is my father. He loves me but what if he gets mad? Will he strike me down with lightening? Will he abandon me because I am not perfect? Those were the thoughts I had for a LONG time. My earthly father impacted the way I saw God. I saw him as if he were my biological father. I just knew I would mess up one day and pay the price. Oh how wrong I was.
I’ve run away from God many times. I’ve yelled at him, cried out in anger and ran to him for comfort in my darkest days. Even after I turned from him for several years he STILL welcomed me with open arms. A lot like the Prodigal Son story in the Bible. Most importantly, I learned to see God’s grace and mercy towards me. That made me realize that God is NOTHING like my earthly father. I don’t have to be perfect to still be His.
“Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.” – Exodus 34:6
What is your relationship like with your father? Have you been hurt by him? Did you lose him tragically? Or maybe he didn’t show enough affection to you. No matter what it is that pain or thought you have towards your father can impact the way you see God. But God is not like your earthly father. He is perfect, kind, loving and NEVER leaves. God will NOT abandon you….even though it may feel like it sometimes. He is there always. The best part — God keeps His promises.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? – Numbers 23:19
For those who are fathers — remember how important your role is in your children’s life. It can alter their lives forever. Our wold is full of men who are not stepping up as father figures. Men who are not being Godly husbands to their wives. Your kids need to see that too. Men, you have such an important role. The way you love your wife and kids will impact the next generation. It will impact the way they will treat others. And most importantly it will impact their relationship with God.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4