If it is true that our view of God is sometimes skewed by our earthy fathers actions then many of us are in need of an accurate theology of God the Father. Maybe theology is too strong of a word, but an accurate view is critical if we are to understand who God is.
This past Sunday while sharing breakfast with my wife, we talked about this. In fact it was part of our personal worship time together. It is incredibly hard to view or accept the perfection of God our Father when that view is shaped by fathers with human errors and flaws.
For instance if your earthly father was not an active part of your life you are going to have real issues believing how much God wants to be in your life or how much He wants to know the details of your life. If your earthly father was critical, judgmental and non-approving of you it will be hard to accept the unconditional love of God.
If your earthly father was absent, distant, authoritarian, passive or even abusive you will have issues figuring out who God is. As we sat at breakfast we talked about the father in the story of the Prodigal Son story told by Jesus. I love that story for many reasons and have blogged about it before. The father in the story represents God and should be a constant reminder of who God is. What we are sharing here is not in any way a comprehensive study but just some simple thoughts. This is what we came up with, based on this story, as a guide to think correctly about our Heavenly Father:
The Prodigal Son’s father:
- He waited patiently for his son
- He watched purposefully for his son
- He wanted the presence of his son
- He never wavered in his passion for his son
He waits for us to come to our senses and return if we wander off in our own direction. He watches for us and never gives up even when others around us may. He longs for us to be in His presence. It’s a daily thing with God and He misses us when we ignore Him and let even a day go by without talking to Him. His love is passionate and never fails or wavers. No matter what He still loves, redeems and forgives.
The hardest things for most of us to accept is God’s perfect love. People will assign conditions to it or they may even misrepresent it but if you focus on God and His story you will know that He loves you and that He is the ultimate Father. Here are some other supportive scriptures:
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? –Matthew 6:26
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. –Matthew 18:12-14
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. –Luke 6:35-36
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom”. –Luke 12:32
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” –John 14:1-2
“No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. — John 16:27
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. — Romans 8:15-16
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” — Matthew 7:9-11
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! –1 John 3:1
“When he came to his senses, he said… “I will set out and go back to my father” –Luke 15:17
Today make sure you “call” your Father. He longs to hear from you no matter where you are calling from. Run to Him. Don’t hold back. Don’t be timid. Listen to Him. Look at Him as He comes running toward you. Feel His embrace and His hands. He knows your name. He knows your secrets. He know you . . .and He loves you! — Wes and Fran