Our Heavenly Father

On this day, Father’s Day, 2011 it is only appropriate to talk about our fathers, earthly and heavenly.  Yes, we do have two fathers.  We have the father who we call “dad”.  This is the father that we normally designate as one of the most important people in our lives.  Some of us are blessed to have excellent memories of our earthly fathers, and in those memories celebrate a day dedicated to them:  Father’s Day.  We acknowledge all that our fathers have done for us.  Earthly fathers see their roles as providers for their families, role models for their children, and great husbands toward their wives.  Sometimes this perfect role of father isn’t always that perfect.  Unfortunately, many us may have different memories when we conjure up the thought of “father”.  Some of us have emotional scars from actions of men who claim to be our fathers but never treated us in the right manner of what a father should be: supportive, loving and kind.  There are many of us who may have never even known our fathers, having grown up in single family household where mom was expected to wear both hats of mother and father.

Regardless of where you stand in your relationship with your earthly father, we all do have our heavenly father who is key in our lives whether we realize it or not.  If your idea of father has been distorted because of your experience with your earthly father, understand that there is a heavenly father.  If you choose to embrace Him you will feel the love, supportiveness and caring that you were denied from your earthly father.

Henry and Richard Blackaby, father and son, wrote in their “Experiencing GOD devotional” the following passage.  I will quote it word-for-word here so you will get a true understanding of our heavenly father’s movitation.  The passage is called “Abba, Father”.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’, Galatians 4:6

‘ The word father conjures up different images for everyone.  To some it brings the picture of love, laughter, respect, and acceptance.  Unfortunately, others associate the term father with fear, rejection, and disappointment.  That is why it is so important not to take your understanding of your heavenly Father from your experience.  Take it from Scripture.  You undoubtedly had an imperfect earthly father, perhaps even one who brought you harm.  But, as in all of your Christian life, the key is not to understand the Bible based on your experience, but to understand your experience in light of the Bible.  God is your model of a father in the truest sense of the word.

‘ Your heavenly Father was willing to pay any price in order to save you (Rom. 8:32).  Your heavenly Father is always ready to meet your needs (Luke 11:11-13).  Your heavenly Father loves you so much that He is willing to discipline you to bring you to Christian maturity (Prov. 3:11-12; Heb. 12:15-10).  Even when you rebel against Him and reject His love, your Father continues to do what is best for you (Rom 5:8).  He does not make His love for you conditional upon your love for Him.  He loves you even when you are not loving Him (1 John 4:19).  He has made you His heirs and reserves a home for you in heaven (Rom. 8:15-17).

‘This is what a father is like biblically.  If this has not been your experience, it can be now.  There is One who has adopted you and who wants to love you in a way you have never experienced.  Take comfort and strength from Him–your heavenly Father.”

I particularily like the the following line:  “God is your model of a father in the truest sense of the word”.  It means that no one individual earthly father is ever going to totally meet up with this incredible standard.  They can’t — they are NOT God.  Only God can be the ideal provider, ideal supporter, the ideal caring and loving and nuturing entity in our lives.  So if your father doesn’t meet up to your own personal standards of what a “real” father should be – know that probably no one has the perfect standard– because there is no perfect human being.

If you, dear reader, are a father know this to be a fact.  Your children watch every move you make.  They may not listen to your words, but they are carefully watching your actions.  They will obey based on your actions and your words (if there is a matching behavior to the words said).  Should you strive to be the best – absolutely.  Do your words and actions affect your children’s adult ways – more then you can even begin to realize.  Your acceptance of your sons and daughters, your words of praise, love, caringness and respect are worth more to them then all the electronic gadgets you can buy them, worth more to them the a new car, or the $200 fancy latest trendy clothing line.  Your love and affection is what will steer them in the future.  Your words and actions will mold the type of person your child becomes as an adult.  Who you are, as displayed by the actions you do, will be what you will be remembered for. Let your legacy be “He was the best dad a person could have ever asked for”.  


Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Revised and Expanded

Experiencing God: How to Live the Full Adventure of Knowing and Doing the Will of God

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  3. Vera says:

    I was wondering if you could write or find some writings of why some men reject the heavenly father because of their earthly one.

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