Our earthly fathers teach us about the heart of our heavenly Father.
If they display kindness, patience, gentle instruction, and loving discipline we will view God’s heart towards us in that same way.
And if they are distant, demanding, angry or violent towards us, we will expect our heavenly father to be of that nature.
Dad’s have a huge responsibility.
A mother nurtures and cares for her children…
but a father sets the course of their entire spiritual journey.
That is no small task.
Thank goodness God fathers us first, always and last. Father’s have a heavenly father who shows them what a good father does.
- He gives good gifts. (Matt. 7:11)
- He disciplines those he loves as sons. (Prov. 3:12)
- He is a helper to the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14)
- He has compassion on his children. (Psalm 103:13)
- He is consistent. (James 1:17)
So whether or not your father set the example well, God is and has always been our good father.
And for those fathers who have made it their intent to be good father’s to their children, you’ve given your children a greater foundation than you could ever imagine.
Well done. Thank you.
What are some things your father did to show you the character of God?