"See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!" -1 John 3:1 (NLT)
Written By: Pastor Randy
Father's Day is a celebration of our family's Dads and their faithful love, care, and provision throughout the year. As Christians, we understand the character of a father is founded in the Father heart of God. God has given humanity the template of what it means to be a good father. If you want to know what a good father looks like, you will learn it from the way God deals with his children.
Today we live in a world of imperfect fathers, and some are clearly better than others. But even in the world of fallen fathers, who come up short in so many ways, reflecting on what a son or daughter means to a father will give insight into what God's children mean to him.
Many Christians have fathers that may not have lived up to the example of our heavenly Father. Father's Day can still be a celebration of the recognition that we have a wonderful heavenly Father who has eternally loved us, will forever care for us, and will never leave, reject, or forsake us.
Ephesians 1:4 (NLT) says, "Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ..."
Our heavenly Father loves us both passionately and eternally. He cannot ever separate us from his love in Christ Jesus. The Father in heaven finds great joy in his children just because he chooses to do so. That's how we define God's love, as he wants “to love the undeserving.” Just because “God is love!”
Here are a few Bible thoughts on understanding God's Father heart for you daily:
- Our Father finds immense love for and joy in his children – The parable of the Prodigal son's father in Luke 15 gives excellent insight to the Father's heart for us. Even though his son had done everything to dishonor his name by committing unimaginable sin, the father longed for his son's return, and then when he returned covered him with forgiveness and affection. What love the Father has for his children.
- Our Father understands our deepest longings and needs – Your Heavenly Father created and formed every cell and unique fiber of your being. When you are searching for significance and longing for family identity, remember Psalms 139:15-17 (NLT), "You watched me as I was being formed... How precious are your thoughts about me, O God."
Soak and Reflect
Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me with the opportunity to know your Father's heart towards me. You know my past, present, and future, which gives me the confidence to trust you with my life today and forever. May your will be done as I seek to know and worship you daily while discovering my purpose and experiencing inner healing from my past. Today I choose to love you just as you wanted to love me before the foundations of this world. Amen.