Does Father’s Day sting a little this morning? A day of celebrating fathers may sting a little if you have been abandoned, unloved, or have never met your father. Why celebrate today?
… because God is a father to the fatherless.
I think each of us are born with an inner longing for closeness with our earthly father, the one God chose to escort us into this world. We dream of rides on his strong shoulders, years of fatherly advice, and tears as he sees his little girl in her white wedding gown. But what if this isn’t the reality? What if our father abandons us, passes away, abuses, lies, cheats, is unknown, or is physically or emotionally unavailable in our lives?
God understands our need for a loving father. In fact, He chose to send the Messiah in this type of Father-Son relationship. Why? I’m not a Bible scholar, but I think God did this so that we could understand His love for us. As we know, Jesus spoke in parables while he was living on earth. He did this so that the people listening would have a point of reference and better understand His teaching.
I have realized that I do this with my own children. If I am trying to teach them or reinforce a lesson, I will create an example so that they can better understand and make connections to learn.
God knows our need for a father. Out of all of the important relationships in life, He chose the Father-Son one to send Jesus and to show how heart-breaking the death of Christ was for the Father. Fathers are created with the intent to love their children, protect them at all costs, and since God sent His own son to die on the cross for our sins, despite His vast love for Him…. we can then understand how much He loves us.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
We can’t choose our fathers’ actions. We can’t control sickness or even death that may have taken our fathers away. We can’t hold on to anger, or bitterness, or grief today on this Father’s Day.
If Father’s Day stings a bit for you today, and if raw nerves deep down awaken with the disappointment and grief of being fatherless, please know that you are loved.
You belong to God, your Father, and He loves you with an unfailing love…