What is your relationship with your father like?
That’s a very personal question, right? And for some people, it may be a topic they don’t enjoy discussing.
Sometimes people who don’t have a meaningful relationship with a father or father figure, struggle to grasp just how much God, our creator and provider, loves us. It can be challenging to develop a personal relationship with your heavenly father, if you’ve missed out on a positive bond with your father here on earth.
Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
God always was, and He always will be. He is everlasting, the creator of everything, including you, and He has a good plan for your life. If you’ve been hurt, disappointed, or abandoned by your father, or you struggle to find common ground in that relationship, bring it to God. Unrequited love and family strife don’t have to define your relationship with the Lord; He knows the burdens you carry, and He wants to set you free from them, and to empower you to follow Him with a light heart and a renewed sense of joy.
Every human being is a son or daughter of God, the constant source of strength, wisdom, and hope to Christians everywhere.
1 John 3:1 says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
Whether you were blessed with a loving, present father or your origin story is more complicated than that, you are a beloved child of God — and He has a plan for your life.
God the Father sees us, knows us, and loves us — and He wants us to know Him, too.
God is constant; He never changes. We can depend on Him.
God is faithful.
Our Heavenly Father is an example for earthly fathers to follow.
Ultimately, God is love.
Heavenly Father, how blessed are we to be called your children. Help us to seek you, to listen for your voice, and to follow your commands. Your love and faithfulness gives us hope. Amen.
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