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Good, Good Father

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“Our Father who art in heaven.”  You have probably said this prayer many times without giving much thought to the word “father”.  The word “father” can mean many things to you depending on what kind of an earthly father you have.  Even if you had a good father, he is still only measured by earthly standards.  But what if you had a bad father?  It taints your image of who God is.  It may be hard to trust God and believe that He wants to bless you.  God is a good, good Father.

 

I love that song, it reminds me of how good God is and how much He loves me.  His love abounds far beyond what I can fathom her on earth.  God’s love is perfect, faithful, forgiving, all-encompassing, unconditional, pure, strong, sacrificial, enduring, refreshing, redeeming, everlasting, lavish, inspiring, hope-filled, gracious, and so much more!

 

Ephesians 3:17 says “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will rejoice over you with singing”.  That scripture sounds like a Father in love with His children.

 

When I think of God, I like to refer to Him as “daddy”.  Daddy seems to mean so much more to me than “father”.  I remember as a little girl sitting on my daddy’s lap and how that made me feel.  I felt loved, adored, safe, and precious.  When I sat there, I longed for his one on one attention.  It was a special time and place.  This is the special relationship that your Heavenly Father (daddy) wants with you.  He wants you to climb up onto His lap and tell Him about your day.  If you need to cry, then cry, and He will collect your tears.  “You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book”.  Psalms 56:8.

 

When we have a great day God also rejoices with us.  God is not some angry God sitting up in Heaven waiting for us to do something wrong so he can punish us.  God is a good, good Father.  He instructs in love.  He is there to help us get up when we stumble.  He cleans up the scrape, puts a bandage on it, and encourages us to try again.

 

We may even get mad at God and slam the door in His face, but He will be there when our fit is over, to love us and forgive us.  Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “It is the Lord that goes before you, He will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed”.  You may turn away from God for a season but as soon as you turn back toward Him, He will be right there.  He was always there following you and encouraging you to come back to Him.

 

God is like the father in the prodigal son parable found in Luke the fifteenth chapter.   The son is returning home feeling ashamed and defeated, but the father has been watching daily for his son to return.  When the father sees the son, he runs!

 

God, your daddy, runs to welcome you home.  All is forgiven and He prepares a celebration for your return.  God doesn’t make you walk the long and treacherous road of shame by yourself.  He runs to you and embraces you, and walks you back home.  John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…”  Not only did God give Jesus, His son, as a sacrifice but Jesus was His only Son! No human can love like that. God provided the best gift He had to save you and me. Some of us wouldn’t give someone a mere trinket. God knew that even though He gave his most precious possession that there would be people that would reject his gift. People would spit on His son and brutally murder him, yet He loved you and I so much that He did it anyway. That’s a good, good father! God is right there to love us and accept us into His family.

 

You may not always “get it right,” and you may take the wrong path, but understand God is a good, good father. He wants you to sit upon His lap and get His full attention. The next time you need a “daddy,” just jump up on His lap and let His love and security engulf you. Envision sitting on His lap and share your hearts desires and hurts with Him. Let your daddy hold you and encourage you because He is a Good, Good Father!!

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