This week we are going to look at the characteristics of our Father in Heaven and how He relates to us. For so many of us, even the word “Father” or “Dad” has many positive and negative connotations depending on our experience. This view has been shaped by the way we have been fathered, the way we have fathered our children, the way we seen our husbands father our own kids and maybe even the total lack of a father figure in our lives. This leads us to have a predisposition to the way we view God as our father and the way we relate to him. Over this set of devotionals, we will look at what the Bible says about our Heavenly Father and in that process correct our view of Him in our mind. For some of us this will be easier as our earthly fathers, although not perfect, did try to show us what God the father is like. For others it will be harder as our fathers were absent, unjust or even abusive. As we follow what the Bible says this may raise issues for yourself that you may want to talk and pray about with someone. If this is, please contact your life group leader or someone in the church you feel you can trust, or feel free to email me and I will arrange someone to meet and pray with you.
For the rest of this set of devotionals I will be using the word Dad rather the father, as the word “Abba” that is used for God in the Bible is the same word today translated as Dad. The personal title that I use when referring to my father is Dad, not father and equally I usually refer to God as “Heavenly Dad” rather than “Father”.
Psalm 139 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord. 5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Our heavenly Dad is intimate and involved in our lives, he knows not only what are doing and where we are going but actually puts His hand upon you to bless you. So many of our Dads had times in which they were distracted with work, life and 101 other things, and only had so much time and energy for us. But our heavenly Dad, has no time restrictions, he is not limited to being in one place at one time, He does not get distracted by someone else mid-sentence and He has unlimited energy to be with you.
Today reflect on how your earthly Dad was intimate and involved in your life and then compare that to who your heavenly Dad is.
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