Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” – Proverbs 3:2
Insight: – I admit that sometimes I allow the relationship I had with my earthly father influence my view of my Heavenly Father. While I know this is the most unfair comparison possible, I think it is natural to take something that we have experienced in our lives and use it as a tool for comparison. Because of the longing for my earthly father’s affirmation, which never came, I sometimes think that God doesn’t see me or understand what I am feeling. But how foolish that is! Psalm 139 lets me know that the exact opposite is true. My Heavenly Father not only sees me, but He knows everything about me. Still, I think that oftentimes we assign our human relationship experiences to our ones with God. It can make us doubt, it can make us afraid, it can make us intimidated, it can make us hesitate, it can make us try to manipulate circumstances, it can cause us to avoid approaching the One who can truly help us. While these things are all to our detriment, it is easy to understand why and how that could happen.
So, what’s the antidote for this? I have found that reading scripture with such vigor and thoroughness as to understand that there really is no comparison between the love of our Heavenly Father and whatever our experiences were with our earthly fathers. Are you holding back in your relationship with God due to the pain of your relationship with your earthly father? I understand, and I have been there. But over time I realized this was a big mistake and I asked God to reveal His true nature to me and He repeatedly has in such a way that made all of the pain of my relationship with my earthly father disappear. His love and grace overtime swamped my fears and failures. He will do the same for you if you seek Him and share your deepest emotions with Him. He knows them anyway. He seeks authenticity with you, not some rote behavior of forced prayers. He wants to heal all of our wounds. As Chris Tomlin sings in the song “Good, Good Father” you can be sure that in our lives “we’re all searching for answers that only He can provide.” Don’t let the pain of your relationship with your earthly father keep you from experiencing the love and joy of the relationship with your Heavenly Father. He is waiting to fill the void that may exist as a result of that earthly relationship not turning out the way you had planned or dreamed about. He alone can take away all the pain and offer a fresh start. Will you trust Him? He is a good, good Father indeed!
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you are a Good, Good Father that we can fully depend on and trust. We know you will never let us down, you will always be there for us, and you never change- you are the same yesterday, today and forever. We are grateful for your love. Mercy and grace. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen!