I Know: God Is My Father

Learning to Trust God as Your Ultimate Dad

It took me a number of years to understand the feeling of emptiness I felt inside around Father’s Day. My dad, a recovering alcoholic was always working or going to his meetings. I really can’t remember many one-on-one times that we spent together.  We would go on family camping trips, but I never seemed to be able to do anything right. Finally, when I was 16 years old, my parents got divorced. The small amount of time my sister and I spent with our father became even smaller. Back then there was no scheduled visitation between parents and children. Even before the divorce, my earthly father was not able to fill the void deep inside my soul. The longing to belong was left wanting. Love, acceptance, and guidance from a father figure was something totally absent in my life. If I only knew then what I know now. It’s by God caring for me in ways my earthly father never did that I know  

God is my father.

Although my childhood was painful, God continues to reveal truth to me through His Word. 1 John 3:1-3 says, “See what kind of love the father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is, and everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” This passage reassures me that I will always be a beloved child of God. And since God is my father, I must learn to discern His will, follow His example, and obey His voice. It’s through the guarantee of scriptures like this that I know

God is my father.

In Jeremiah 1:5, it states, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a profit to the nations.”  When I first read this passage, a feeling of peace came over me. I have ALWAYS been a blessed and beloved child of God the Father. He is, and always will be, with me. Trusting in this promise fills me, enlarges my heart, and shows me that I am loved more deeply and faithfully than I even realize. Throughout my life, I have seen this promise to be true as I have felt God’s presence with me in the hardest of times. It’s through this reassurance that I know

God is my father.

In Galatians 4: 6-7 we are reminded, “because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” It has helped me to realize that there are good, loving fathers in our world today. Even Fathers that choose to adopt those that are not their own. They take the time to love and guide their children. With so many broken and blended families, there are also some wonderful step-fathers and mentors who tackle the job of “Father” to those children who are not theirs by blood. One such man became a step-father to me about ten years ago. He loved unconditionally, giving guidance and support when needed. This man, who passed away from cancer three years ago, will always be missed. While he didn’t clearly convey the Word of God, the stories he shared consisted of biblical values. It’s because of the faithful example of earthly fathers that I know

God is my father.

Here's a difficult verse to swallow “Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father who is in Heaven.” (Matthew 23:9) The meaning here is to keep perspective that no earthly father can satisfy the deeper longings of the human soul for God the Father. So in light of Father’s Day this year, I pray two things for each and every one. First, that you have a deeper appreciation for your earthly father. His job is hard and one worth honoring. He can't fulfill every longing of your heart, but he can point you to the ultimate, loving Heavenly Father. Second, I pray that you have a deeper revelation of God as your Father. It's through this deeper revelation that I know

God is my father.