Friday, June 17, 2011

The Perfect Father

Some of us have been blessed with great dads, some of us have not. Because of this reality, we may not all look forward to fathers' day (this Sunday) with the same feelings.

But, regardless of what kind of dad you have (or don't have) here on earth, let me encourage you to focus this fathers' day on the kind of Dad you have in Heaven. For those of us who have been reconciled to our creator, through the death and resurrection of Jesus (If this is confusing or unfamiliar to you, check out Romans 5:6-11 or John 3:14-21 here: Online Bible) we are now the sons and daughters of the Perfect Father. Check out how Matthew describes just one aspect of our relationship with our heavenly Father.
 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6).

We have no reason to worry. God is sovereign (in control), he loves us, he provides for our needs, he gives us a mission, a purpose, for which to live ("seek first his kingdom and his righteousness) and as we are busy living out our mission, he takes care of us in amazing ways! In fact, people who don't know God as their father have to spend all their time worrying about and running after the things of life. Not so for us. Follow God with all that you have. Follow God with all that he has created you to be. Your perfect Father will see that your needs are met. Trust Him. There is no Father like Him.

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