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 that one, the one we call father, we would not have been brought into 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 the responsibility factor. There is the relationship factor. This includes acceptance and openness, honesty and trust, a willingness to hear that goes beyond listening to what is on the child’s heart and in the child’s mind. There must also be loyalty and love, faithfulness and friendliness, 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. At times, he could hardly face God because of His sin, knew the extreme pain of guilt and shame.
David knew, however, that it he did not “live a charmed life.” No. It was about having a Father who not only provided for and loved His child - but becoming his Savior.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, that You are our Father. We are humbled by Your love and care and especially our salvation. How blest we are!In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Psalm 89:26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’