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I believe in God the Father…

August 25, 2011

Good morning Izaac, Zoe and Lil T! Here’s the next installment in the book I’m writing for you. (This is just a rough draft but each time I post on this topic it will be another section in a year long curriculum I’m developing for you as you mature and get to know God better and, I pray, grow to love him like your mother and I do.)

When we think of our story it begins in creation but the creed wisely puts the Fatherhood of God first. It is critically important to get this right in our minds because what we think of when we think of God colors (in a good way or a bad way) every other area of our lives. So Jesus when he teaches us to pray “Our Father” he wants us to know that God is our divine parent who loves us and takes care of us. So whatever shortcomings your earthly father (that’s me!) has God does not have any of those traits. He is a perfect father and wants only the best for us. Now he may not always give us what we want and sometimes he will have to correct us but he will always love us and do the best thing for us and provide for us and protect us and care for us and do all things a perfect parent would do. And He knows how to help us become who he intended us to be.

A key reason this is so important to get right is because so many get it wrong. There is a pervasive belief among many that Jesus is nice, the Holy Spirit is cool and mysterious but God the Father is wrathful, angry, loves war, and gives us rules that are impossible to follow. Some people confuse these things because they misunderstand what we call the Old Testament (which is almost 2/3 of our Bible!). We can get more into how to understand the Bible as time goes on but as a backdrop to all that I want you to really get the idea that God is a loving Father.

* Can you imagine having a perfect parent always with you to guide you and help you with anything you need big or small? (Well, the good news is: You do!)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 11:42 am

    I wonder if some mention of the Father giving us an identity and belonging. Ultimately, fatherhood is a relationship that is not dependent on any action or circumstance. It is permanent and unchanging. To call God our Father not only indicates the “benefits” we receive (provision, protection, guidance) but also indicates who we really are, who we belong to and who we will always belong to. And not only that, He calls us His own.

    In terms of their earthly father (you), even death will not sever this relationship.

    • August 25, 2011 11:49 am

      Bob,

      That is a fantastic and deeply helpful observation! Thank you…

      Would it be ok if I incorporated that into a future post or better yet pointed others to where you have written on that or even better still would you like to do a guest post on my blog where you flesh that out a bit more?

      Great comment.

      • August 25, 2011 12:08 pm

        I’d love to flesh it out a bit more; or have you flesh it out; either one, or both. I don’t want to hold up your series but if I get a chance to reflect on it a bit I will and let you know.

      • August 25, 2011 5:20 pm

        Posted.

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