With thoughts of Father’s Day, it is good to remember and draw near to our Heavenly Father. Many are without fathers or good fathers, so it is comforting to know that we all can come to our Creator, Sustainer, Savior, or Heavenly Father. Both as an example to us as a father and as a relationship that we must develop, God is our Heavenly Father. He is a good father and many have walked in His ways by being good fathers by:
Listening and Caring
God desires to know us and be known by us. He has opened up the lines of communication by revealing Himself in creation, His words, and His Son, Jesus. Jesus told us to pray to Him as our Heavenly Father (Matthew 6:5-9). This is a relationship of love, care, listening, and enjoying. As our Heavenly Father, God delights in us as His children and wants us to come to Him at all times and situations (Think of the Psalms, where these men came to God and expressed their hearts of fear, anger, sadness, hurt, loss, frustration, and anxiety).
Providing and Protecting
God desires that we realize that He is our rock and salvation. He is where we should run for help, safety, and hope. God is all-wise and knows what is best for us. He is all-powerful and can do anything or provide anything that we need. As our Heavenly Father, he is with us, giving to us, keeping us, and wants us to run to Him and trust in Him. We should have great peace and less anxiety knowing that our Heavenly Father is providing for us and protecting us. (Matthew 6:11, 25-34)
Disciplining and Directing
God has a plan and purpose. We are a part of that. God is working His glory and our good. He is bringing His kingdom to our hearts. As our Heavenly Father, he disciplines us to make us more like Him or what we were created to be. His discipline is sometimes confusing or painful and we chafe under His loving guidance. We must remember that He knows what is best and is working what is best in us and ultimately in this world.
Like a good father disciplines his children, God does the same. He is working holiness and love in us. He is working eternal things and helping to have the right undestanding and appreciation of worldly things. We should surrender to His loving guidance and direction. (Hebrews 12:7-11; Matthew 6:10, 19-24)
So the challenge and encouragement is that:
1. We all have a Heavenly Father to run to, talk with, and trust in… He loves us more than we will ever know.
2. As fathers, we have an example to follow in listening and caring, providing and protecting, and disciplining and directing.
3. We should encourage the fathers who are walking in the ways of our Heavenly Father and let them know they are loved and appreciated.
4. We should train our young men to walk in the ways of our Heavenly Father so that we have loving, peaceful, nurturing, and godly families.