Grace For The Journey
Yesterday was Father’s Day. Across America, we celebrate Father’s Day in June. For some, the word father is painful or even meaningless. Yet, it is a sacred trust and responsibility to be a father. The Lord Jesus was radical in referring to the Almighty God as Father. Therefore, I pray today’s blog will be an encouragement to earthly fathers, as well as point all of us to our eternal Father.
In the entire Old Testament over thousands of years, God is only referred to as Father seven times. Jesus referred to God as Father seven times in Matthew 6 alone. In His life and in the gospels, He talked about God being our Father over 150 times. He taught us about how God wants to relate to each and every one of us.
The Bible is full of wonderful truths about our heavenly Father. May your heart be instructed and encouraged as you read the following verses:
1 John 3:1 – “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Psalm 103:13 – “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
John 16:27 – “The Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”
1 Corinthians 8:6 – “There is one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live.”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 – “The Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction.”
With the above verses as a backdrop, let’s consider these biblical truths . . .
God is a CARING and COMPASSIONATE FATHER.
Jesus’ example of prayer in Matthew 6 is a beautiful picture of God – He is compassionate, loving, gracious, and He cares about you.
In fact . . .
He loves you more than you will ever know!
He loves you more than you will be able to experience!
You can’t even understand how much God loves you because your brain isn’t big enough to handle it.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 103:13, “As a father pities (has compassion) on his children, so the Lord pities (has compassion) on those who fear Him.” The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are yo not of more value than they?”
God is caring.
God is compassionate.
God is a CONSISTENT FATHER.
He’s always dependable – entirely consistent in who He is. God is worthy of our trust.
You can count on Him every time.
He never lets you down.
The Bible says in James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
The truth is, earthly fathers are unpredictable. God is always consistently loving, gracious, kind, merciful, and understanding. God is never moody. God never has a bad day.
God is a COMPETENT FATHER.
He can handle any problem you give Him. Nothing is beyond His ability. Nothing is beyond His resources. The Bible says in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing is impossible.” Did you hear that? Nothing is impossible. He can handle it all because He is competent.
May the earthly fathers in our churches and communities be strengthened as they seek to know and live for their eternal Father.
To God be the glory … Great things He had done!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”