• Jack Selcher

Our Father in Heaven

Your earthly father shapes your mental picture of your heavenly Father. I know a professing agnostic. He’s very intelligent and very troubled. When he was about ten years old, his father came home drunk. He began to choke his son because he’d turned on an electric light his father thought unnecessary. He landed in the hospital. It’s a huge hurdle for him to see God as loving, compassionate, caring, and forgiving. His father wasn’t any of those.

My father was a great blessing in my life. He wasn’t perfect. He was trustworthy. He kept his promises. It isn’t much of a stretch for me to believe in a heavenly Father who does the same.

Your earthly father is your first image of what God is like. That picture is always inaccurate. It could be a total misrepresentation. To understand your Father in heaven, you must read what the Scriptures tell you about Him. The Old Testament infrequently describes God as Father compared to the New Testament. Let’s examine what those few references teach us.

He’s the Father of the children of Israel. He’s their Creator. He made and formed them (Deuteronomy 32:6, Malachi 2:10). His works are perfect. His ways are just. He’s faithful and upright, He does no wrong (Deuteronomy 32:4). While He’s morally straight, His people are morally crooked (Deuteronomy 32:5). “Like father, like son” doesn’t apply to them. They deserted the One who brought them into existence (Deuteronomy 32:18). The conclusion is inescapable. If God is your Father, you should strive to be like Him.

God chose Solomon to be His son. He promised to never take His love away from him (1 Chronicles 17:13). Solomon would build a house for the Father’s Name (1 Chronicles 22:10). God had a special relationship with David, Solomon’s father. About David He said, “He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’ And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth” (Psalm 89:26-27, NIV). In David’s line a child would be born who would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NIV).

God is a father to orphans. He defends widows (Psalm 68:5). He protects and defends those who are dependent on Him. This dependent relationship also describes those who moment by moment live dependently on Jesus (John 15:1-8).

God is a Father to the faithful remnant of Israel. He’s their Redeemer (Isaiah 63:16). He’s the potter who shapes them (Isaiah 64:8). The clear implication is that those who call God Father should follow (Jeremiah 3:19), honor, and respect Him (Malachi 1:6). Because God is your Father, you assignment is to live to please Him. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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