God our Father
Today is Father’s Day. It can be a difficult day for those of us who haven’t had a good experience of fathers, or haven’t known a father-figure in our lives, or have lost a loving father. So today, let’s spend some time reflecting on some of the things the Bible says about God, our heavenly Father. 1) ‘Father to the fatherless, defender of widows – this is God, whose dwelling is holy’ (Psalm 68:5 NLT). Even if we’re lacking an earthly father, we’re not alone. God is our source of protection, strength and guidance. 2) ‘Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all’ (Isaiah 64:8 NCV). We are God’s creation, and He cares for us. He’s our role-model, and He wants to shape us to become like Christ. 3) ‘For us there is only one God – our Father. All things came from him, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord – Jesus Christ. All things were made through him, and we also were made through him’ (1 Corinthians 8:6 NCV). As well as being our creator, God is our provider, meeting our needs through the things He blesses us with and the skills and gifts He’s given us. 4) ‘God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others’ (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT). God is our comforter and sympathiser. We can draw close to Him and confide in Him whenever we’re in trouble, have a problem, or a worry. And He wants us to share His love with others. Our earthly fathers aren’t perfect and might make mistakes, but in God, we can be confident that we always have the best possible Father.
Spend some time reading and reflecting on some of the Bible verses that talk about God being our Father. And if you can, pray for your own father today.
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