This weekend, we celebrate Father’s day. This is a holiday we see in our calendar and typically think, “oh shoot, that’s coming up soon.. I better send my dad something.” Unless you’re not a procrastinator, then good on you. Celebrate your father by buying him a gift, making a card, spending quality time with him, or even just giving him a phone call. Although it’s important to honor our earthly father by celebrating him not just on this holiday, but year round, we need to remember that we also have a Heavenly Father. He is seated in heaven and in our hearts as well.
Something beautiful that the Bible teaches us is that God is our Father. There are many verses that depict Him as such. Below are a few example verses:
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
- Matthew 23:9 (ESV)
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
- 1 Corinthians 8:6 (ESV)
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
- John 14:9-11 (ESV)
Many people don’t truly know the Father. They often think of Him as this big guy in the sky who looks down and demands that we follow a long list of rules. Some think that all God does is sit on His throne and judge, ridicule and condemn people to hell if they don’t follow Him. You sometimes see people in big cities and near churches holding up signs that say things such as, “come to Jesus or burn in hell” and “turn or burn.” It’s very sad when someone has this perspective of God, because He isn’t like that at all. When people depict God in this way, it can distort a person’s view of Him. If Christians share the Lord in a negative way, no one would want to come to Christ. God desires a relationship with us, and He doesn’t want any of His children to be without Him. In fact, God is loving, compassionate, gentle, kind, patient, merciful, and so much more. He’s unfathomably mighty. Our minds cannot even comprehend just how great He is. God loves us beyond all compare, and we have a special relationship with Him as we are His children and He is our heavenly Father. But what does that mean?
Well, what does the word “father” mean to you? What comes to mind? Maybe you have a negative attitude about your earthly father because he has never been who you wanted or expected him to be. Perhaps he let you down or hurt you in some way. So many people have been physically, emotionally or mentally hurt by their families, so it can be hard for them to see the Father as He truly is. God reveals Himself as a gentle, loving and kind Father. We all have a different idea of what He is like because we always connect the view we have of our father here on earth to God, our heavenly Father. We assume that they are the same and that God can’t and won’t treat us any differently. The great thing is that we go through some crazy healing when we learn just how much the Lord loves us and that He views us as His sons and daughters. When you doubt yourself or feel insecure, just simply shout out the truth. You are a daughter. You are a son. God chose YOU. He adores YOU. He wants your heart to be in line with His. He wants to shower you with love and give you comfort, security, peace and joy. That’s the Father’s heart for us.