SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY MESSAGE
Some of us approach Father’s Day with mixed emotions. Some of us have hands-on fathers who are available and interested in our lives; others of us have a distant, disinterested father, while others still were abandoned by their fathers altogether. And some have fathers who have died.
“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:5)
The one thing we all have in common, no matter what kind of father we have or had, is that we have a Heavenly Father. Regardless of how our fathers have treated us, we have a Heavenly Father who has always been there and always will be there for us.
“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.” (Psalm 27:10)
The way that we communicate to our Heavenly Father is through prayer, and the greatest prayer that has ever been prayed is often called the Lord’s Prayer, where Jesus taught us to pray:
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9–13)
To address God as “Father” was a radical thought in Bible times. They feared God and attached such sacredness to His name; they would not even say it out loud.
When Jesus referred to God as His Father, Jesus was accused of being blasphemous.
One of the reasons Jesus was crucified was because He spoke of this special relationship He had with His Father. And now, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can have that relationship, too.
If we were growing up and our father was disengaged, disinterested, and passive, we might think of God that way too: disconnected, oblivious to what is going on in our lives, not caring. Then again, if we were growing up and our father was an involved, nurturing, and affirming dad, we might apply those same qualities to our perception of God.
We need to view God, not the way we view an earthly father; we need to view God as He is in the Bible.
If we want an accurate snapshot of God, we need to look at Jesus. And who is more qualified to talk about a loving father than Jesus?
When we look at Jesus, we see what our Father in heaven is like.
From our family to yours, Happy Father’s Day!
Heavenly Father, You have made each one of us and gave us a free will to choose. We have not always made the best choices in life, but You are always there to pick up our pieces. You are a loving Father that provides. Our faith in You is all we need as You are an example of Love. Help us all to pattern our lives from Your example from this day forward. Thank You for Fathers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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