“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19, ESV)
God chose to reveal Himself to us as the Father. When we think of what a father is, perhaps we begin to understand with more clarity how to relate to Him and what we may expect from Him. While it is true, many people have no personal reference point for what a father is, or worse, have had a very bad experience with a male figure in their home, and therefore, have no concept of what a father is at all.
We can see through Jesus’ actions and sacrifice what our Heavenly Father is, and the role He wants to fulfill in our lives. This should bring great peace to us as we think about what a father does: A father cares for us, provides for us, protects us, gives direction, correction, picks us up when we fall, teaches us, and sets boundaries for us, to name a few.
Have you ever wondered why God the Father would create man in a world ruled by a devil, where sin would prevail, and man would fall? I have! Perhaps if we think of it this way, it makes more sense: there are two primary reasons God would bring man into a world full of trouble. First, it is for the same reason people have kids during a time of war. They want a family. God wanted a family, and He gave us the ability to populate the earth and provide a family for Him, to make Him known to the rest of the world.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so, we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1, ESV).
Second, because of who created us, we have His nature. He made us eternal, and He made us to overcome the devil who is raging against us continually. Because we fell into sin, it was necessary that the Father take responsibility for us and provide a way of escape from sin and its consequences. Therefore, He sent His Son to live out a sinless life and take our punishment, so that we could be declared righteous before God.
Whatever your experience with a father figure, this Father; this God loves you. Let me close with some truth about our Father: God cannot lie (Titus 1:2); God does not change (Malachi 3:6); God supplies all our needs (Philippians 4:19); He’s a refuge in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9); He gives us favor (Psalm 5:12). God hears us when we pray (1 Peter 3:12); He has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11); He will take us to be with Him forever (John 14:3).
This Father’s Day remember, you have a Father in Heaven who loves you and made you for victory!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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