Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.” Jesus stated that this revelation did not come by flesh and blood, but by the spirit of God. Matthew 16:15-17
We all have our own image or idea of who God is to us. There are many stories that tell of what God is like out there. Some are good, some bad, and some leave us with nothing but confusion and wonder. God is not an author of confusion, but one of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). The only true answer of who God is comes by revelation of the Holy Spirit by the word of God. The word of God paints an amazing picture of a father who fights for His children and would do anything for them. He is always with us to the ends of the earth. I hear many stories of fathers that have left their children, but God promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5). When God reveals himself to us, it should give us a sense of peace; not fear, but all too often the idea of a God that rules over all creates fear in many. The bible calls us children of God, so from that I gain that God is a loving father.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. John 1:12-13
No earthly father is perfect, but we know that God is perfect in all His ways. I love the song, “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin because it is like a tribute to God as a father. If God has called someone on earth to take on the role of “father” that is a position to be honored (Ephesians 6:2). We are created after the image of God, so we strive to be like Him. ‘Father’ is just one of the many attributes of God (Genesis 1:26, Psalm 139:14). The calling of father is great. There are so many children that are fatherless in the world, and it has a huge effect on generations of people. Some have fathers that are absent, have passed away, or are stepfathers. Maybe God has placed a spiritual father in your life. God can make a way where there is no way. He is a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5).
As a heavenly father God knows our very innermost being. He knew us before we were knit in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). We were created to have relationship with Him. When people have children, they do so for the joy of having “family” “relationship” a sense of belonging. When a father looks upon his newborn child with love, you can imagine how God must see us. God created these roles and relationships to teach us something about Himself. A father also chastises his children and tries to bring out the best in them, but He does so out of love (Hebrews 12:6, Proverbs 3:12).
When I taught Sunday school, I got the idea once to have the kids in my class draw what they thought God looked like. I wanted them to really think about who God was to them. One drew an old man with a huge beard. Another drew an alien from outer space. Another a ghost, and one left a blank space because you can’t see God. I often think how interesting it is that I pray and worship a God I cannot see; yet somehow, I know Him. Not fully, as no one can say they know all things about God, or He would not be God. But, In the depths of my being I know Him and love Him: as father, as friend, as protector, as provider etc. The list is endless of the roles God fills in our lives. How is it possible you might say? It would be impossible to explain the love of God in a scientific way, because It is a supernatural kind of love that surpasses all human understanding. It is a love that can only be felt and learned through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is unfailing, and you cannot measure it (1 Corinthians 13:8).
I’ve heard some refer to God as a cruel taskmaster, and some of the stories in the bible are completely full of war and gore. But if you really dig into the word, and seek God with all your heart, the Holy Spirit will guide you and bring you to a better understanding. I see that everything God has ever done, seemingly good or bad, is all for us and for our good (Romans 8:28). What you find at the end of the book, every verse down to the last letter, sums up a loving father desperate for communion with his children. One who would fight to the ends of the earth to save them and bring them back home. Like the prodigal son who lost his way, but finally made it home and was celebrated with open arms (Luke 15:11-32). That’s how I see God. I have made enough mistakes to realize Gods love is endless and his mercies are great. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38). This journey is just a blip on the map to the final destination that God has prepared for us.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
The word father can be traced back to the latin word “pater.” The Greek word Pater is defined as “nourisher, protector, upholder.” That is exactly what a Father does, and that is what God does for us. He provides for us, He protects us, and upholds us with His right hand.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
That righteous right hand is Jesus. He died to save us, and destroyed the work of the enemy. He now sits at the right hand of God in heaven (Romans 8:34, Luke 22:69, Exodus 15:6). In Jesus we find our way back to the Father (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). The Aramaic word for father is “Abba.” It is a term of endearment. A word used in an affectionate way. It is like saying “Daddy” or “Dad” instead of “Father.” There are many different ways we can experience God, and no one will be the same. We can storm the heavens in prayer, we can worship Him in spirit in truth, prophesy and feel God move in powerful ways. But the times I feel Him most, is in the quiet moments alone with God, and I simply whisper “abba.” HE is but a whisper away.
There are many different roles a father has. Jesus defined the relationship of father and son to show us something. He approached God in many ways. He brought his requests and needs, he cried out to his father seeking comfort, and other times he simply worshiped him and spent time in his presence. The bible depicts many different attributes of God, but He wants us to realize that above all He is a father who cares deeply for His children. If we can get that down in our spirit and learn how to receive the love of God, it is life changing. It doesn’t matter what you bring to Him. If something matters to you, it matters to the master. He simply wants us to come to Him, and He anxiously wants to bless us.
Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore He rises to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. Blessed are all who wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11
If you are in Christ, you have been adopted into the family of God, and you are loved beyond measure. Here is a shout out to all the GOOD GOOD Father’s out there who strive to lead their families as God has called them, it is a major calling that requires much sacrifice and dedication. It is a crucial position for this generation of time as God is raising up young men and women for the kingdom. If you were to ask God today, “Who do you say I am?” He would say …. you are mine (Isaiah 43:1).
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!