Fathers play such a pivotal role in who we are and what we do. Everyone has a father, whether he was known or unknown, present or absent, loving or indifferent, all of us have had a father and whether we like it or not, that man’s imprint is on us somewhere–either in our physical appearance or our emotional responses to life and others!
The way we experience being ‘fathered’ has such a huge affect on how we ‘experience’ our Father in heaven. Obviously, most of us draw on negative experiences when assessing how we were fathered. And for those of us who have had the privilege of being fathered in more positive ways, these do not even touch the surface of the ocean of goodness that God is as a Father.
Jesus exemplified to the people of His day, a God and Father who seemed so different to what the religious Jews portrayed. The Father of Jesus was kind, forgiving, patient, generous, stern, holy and more than willing to share His blessings with His children. More than anything we need to be convinced that our Father in heaven wants us to know that HE is FOR US! He is not against us! Most of us when asking our Father to meet our needs and wants seem to put a great amount of effort convincing Him of the kingdom benefits of our requests and that because it may bless others He will surely grant it. But this is a formula to subtlety prove our deserving of His blessing. Which brings up a very important factor when we approach our Father – what do we believe He is truly like? Could God want to give us blessings that do not require us doing something in return or working in some kind if payback system? After checking our motives and until we are completely sure that we are not going to spend our requests on our own lusts, then He will bless us, right? I say no. There are plenty of people out there that do not acknowledge the Lord that He freely blesses, how much more His own?
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Rom.8:32
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