The Good Father

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Another Father’s Day has now passed. It has always been a special day to me even before I was a Dad myself. My Dad was one of those men who stood strong in the midst of all that was taking place. I never remember him wavering from his calling as a father or as a man of God.

He gave a great example of what a Dad is to be and how he is to handle those that have been entrusted to them. He taught me and my three sisters what was right, what was wrong and the consequences of crossing the line of disobedience. He had a favorite saying when I was growing up. It was “bend over and grab your ankles!”

Don’t get me wrong, I deserved every spanking that I got except one. I was accused of something that someone else did. When Dad spanked me that time, I didn’t cry. I just stood up and looked at him and said, “I didn’t do it.” He never forgot me telling him that I shouldn’t have gotten that spanking.

The Bible is clear about what our relationship with God is. He is our Father and we are His children. God is identified as our Father over 250 times in Scripture. Most of those are found in the New Testament because through Christ, we have a new identity as a child of God.

Romans 8:14-15 says – 14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”

I know the word ‘father’ brings up different images for different people. For some, ‘father’ is associated with wonderful memories and some laughter. For others they can only think of the rejection they felt or the fact that they never had a father figure in their lives.

As I consider the different emotions people feel when thinking of their father’s, it is important to understand God not only desires to be their Father, but He is a good Father. He is there for all who will come to Him and He opens His arms to receive them as His child. He will not reject anyone that comes to Him and they will receive His great love.

Time and again, Scripture shows us that our Father loves us. In Luke 15 we see a son that went off on his own to live the way he wanted to live but when he came to his senses he returned home. Not knowing what would happen, he went and found the father who embraced him and welcomed him home even throwing a party.

Of course this didn’t make the son who had stayed with his father very happy. He said that he had been faithful doing all that the father had called him to do. The father told him that everything he had was his, but his son had been lost and now was found.

As I said, in our families, fathers will be seen differently. At times it will be difficult then things will begin to level out and hearts are changed. I also know that fathers in this life will not be perfect. I speak from looking at my own life as a father. There are times when I do things right then times when they are wrong.

We may not have a perfect human father, but I can say that we have a Father in Heaven that is perfect. He loves us and is there for all who will call upon Him. Like one person said – The two truths that have the most power to transform us in life is that you are God’s child and God is a good Father.

Choose to believe that today!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at bropaul@centramedia.net.

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