Recognizing someone as “father” carries with it a very special significance. Immediately, and without doubt, the one who we call “father” is the one who is responsible for our being born. Without the one we call “father” we would not be in existence.
Because a “father” is responsible for our existence, he then becomes responsible for our well-being. Whatever concerns us must ultimately concern him. Whether it is food or clothing, shelter or healthcare, protection or education – it is his responsibility to meet that need. It is a role that is not to be taken lightly or without careful thought and planning.
There is more, however, than a responsibility factor. There is the relationship factor. This includes acceptance and openness, honesty and trust, a willingness to hear what is on the child’s heart and in the child’s mind. There must be loyalty and faithfulness between father and child.
One without the other leaves children lacking.
In Psalm 89 David said to God, “You are my Father, my God, the Rock – my Savior.” If an author were writing about David today he would probably say that “David led a charmed life.” He would look at the times he escaped his enemies, faced death, struggled with depression, and knew what abandonment was all about, could hardly face God because of His guilt, and knew the extreme pain of grief.
David, however, knew that it was not about “living a charmed life.” No. It was about a Father who not only provided for and loved His child – but became his Savior.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, that You are our Father. We are humbled at Your love and care and our salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 89:26 He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’