‘The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.’ Psalm 103:13 NLT
To see God as a loving Father may not come easily, if you carry the scars of a neglected or abusive childhood. Perhaps you had so many unmet needs growing up: affection, security, trust, comfort, material necessities, etc. Your lack of these things back then makes it hard to believe God will provide for your needs now. What to do? Recognise that your ‘father-image’ is flawed and in no way resembles your heavenly Father. Even the best earthly father can’t measure up to Him. He wants you to approach Him as a caring, sensitive, generous, dependable, loving Father. That’s why Jesus taught us to call Him ‘Our Father’, not just ‘Almighty God and Lord’. Like a good father, God understands your needs and makes full provision for them (see Matthew 6:25–34). And just as a good parent recognises the unique characteristics of each of his children, He knows your distinctive personality, gifts, thoughts, and feelings. ‘The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust.’ (Psalm 103:13–14 NLT) God’s care is tailor-made to your specific gifts—and weaknesses. And like a loving father, He accepts and fulfils His responsibility to provide for you. So what’s your role in the relationship? To act like the child of a trustworthy, generous, permanently-loving Father!
SoulFood: Ex 22–24, Jn 3:1–21, Ps 89: 1–14, Prov 26:17–19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023