Father’s day can be a great day for some and a sad day for others. Many students were in school happily making crafts for their father’s this past week to give to their dad on such a day as today. Many other students go to bed every night without a father present in the home. Some kids don’t even know their father, much less could wish him a “Happy Father’s Day.” The sad reality is that divorce rates are higher and higher, leaving many kids with no father to celebrate this day with.
Furthermore, there are kids who have a father, but he’s not a very good one. Either he has become uninterested in his children, abusive to his children, or is no longer emotionally present in the family. Where is the hope for these kids on Father’s Day? I write this blog in hopes that people who grew up without a great father would find hope in reading this. You may be older in years, but the emotional scars that your father left behind may still affect you, and father’s day is just a reminder of that.
Where Is The Hope?
I find hope for this day in the same place I find hope for any other day (good or bad). God is our perfect Father…
Isn’t it funny that when people came asking Jesus how to pray, instead of coming up with some large difficult words to understand, he starts with “Father…” (Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2). Prayer becomes really easy when we see that prayer is just talking to daddy.
Traditionally, we understand the Trinity as being Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is because it is undeniable that God identifies Himself in these three ways over and over in the Bible (Father being the most popular in both the Old & New Testament).
Children who speak Aramaic will often refer to their daddy as “Abba.” How amazing is it that we see this word in the Bible, and it refers to the God of the universe! (Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6).
What kind of Father is God like?
He is the kind of Father who never leaves nor forsakes His kids (Joshua 1:5). He loves his children unconditionally. He gave a way for His rebellious children to be reconciled to Himself when they have wandered and strayed. He is the kind of Father who is proud of His kids. He thanks and appreciates them.
Even bad dads know how to give good gifts, God gives a greater gift (Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13). God gives us Himself & eternal life with Him.
Why Does This Matter?
Whether your dad is horrible or great, the best news is that God is the perfect Father. That means that you are an adopted son/daughter of the God of the universe. This isn’t because you’re great, but because He is great.
Live with the hope of having at least one great Father to say “thank you” and give lots of love to this Father’s Day.
If God has blessed you with a great dad on earth, be thankful because this is becoming more rare in our country every day.
We are all a child of someone. Will you be a child of God this Father’s Day?
– Tyson Bradley