I discovered my dad was a human when I was around six years old. I didn’t care about the smoking or the drinking or the cursing. He was a superhero to me. I can’t remember the exact incident that revealed his weakness and humanity. All I remember was my sadness when I became aware of his fallibility. His humanity was solidified when he committed suicide. Just like that, my faith and trust in my human father was shattered.
How is your relationship with your father?
I’m sure some of you are blessed with loving fathers. But some of you have deep wounds created by the very one who should have protected you. Whether your father is loving or hateful, kind or cruel, peaceful or angry, joyful or sad, gentle or rough, they all have one thing in common. They are human and imperfect.
Sometimes when we have a negative encounter with someone, we’ll lump others like them together, making the assumption they are all the same. Racism, bigotry, and prejudice are perfect examples of this. If we aren’t careful, we can allow negative relationships with our fathers to birth a distrust and rebellion to men, authority figures, and even God the Father. Be aware of this clever tactic used by Satan. Satan wants to destroy earthly fathers and their relationships with their children in order to destroy relationships between God and His children. Damaging earthly fathers creates the potential for ugly cycles to go on for generations and generations.
What is your perception of God the Father? How is your relationship with God the Father? Does it reflect your relationship with your earthly father?
My broken relationship with my dad definitely impacted how I saw God. I thought God was distant and would forsake me. If my earthly father, who couldn’t see into the dark depths of my soul, would abandon me, surely God, who sees all, wouldn’t want to stick around a wretch like me. I’m so glad I was wrong. Fathers, mothers, siblings, relatives and friends may abandon you, but God never will.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Psalm 27:10
God is perfect, compassionate and faithful (Numbers 23:19, Deuteronomy 32:4, Lamentations 3:22-23). He longs to be the father you’ve always needed and desires to have a relationship with you. That’s the whole reason why He sent Jesus to earth.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
The true light (Jesus), which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13
Are you a child of God? Do you want to become one?
When you surrender your life to Jesus, you are adopted as a child of God.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba (Daddy)! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. Romans 8:14-17a
Child of God, know who you are. You are a heavenly, royal heir to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Draw close and allow God to be your perfect daddy who knows your every need. Receive His love today, learn about your identity in Christ, and let Him help you, grow you, lead you, guide you and protect you.
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Vicky Cullison is a full-time wife, a full-time mother, a full-time creative project manager and most importantly a full-time lover and follower of Jesus. She’s also a full-time food lover, a full-time animal petter and a full-time encourager. When not doing these things, she attempts to write stuff. Click here to read her Breath on Paper Bio.