your earthly father, and your heavenly One

parent silhouette“… the thought of our Maker becoming our perfect parent — faithful in love and care, generous and thoughtful, interested in all we do, respecting our individuality, skillful in training us, wise in guidance, always available, helping us to find ourselves in maturity, integrity, and uprightness — is a thought which can have meaning for everybody, whether we come to it by saying, ‘I had a wonderful father, and I see that God is like that, only more so,’ or by saying, ‘My father disappointed me here, and here, and here, but God, praise His name, will be very different,’ or even by saying, ‘I have never known what it is to have a father on earth, but thank God I now have one in heaven.’” (J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 184)

Whoever or whatever your earthly father was or is, God the Father cares for you in ways you crave. His love for you is unimaginably better than even the best earthly love. He gives only good to His child. He never changes. His mercy overflows. His perfection varies not.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights, the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens, in whom there is no variation, no rising or setting, or shadow cast by His turning, for He is perfect and never changes.” (James 1:17)

God, your Father, is love. He is also light, and He delights to care for you when, in your need and darkness, you turn to Him. Your Maker is the perfect parent. He’s the one your heart yearns for. So whether you thank Him this Father’s Day for your wonderful earthly father, or you feel disappointment toward the dad you were given, turn to God the Father, your Parent in heaven. Trust Him.

He will not, He cannot disappoint.

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Related: a Father’s reflectionthe tearing of a mother’s heart, and a mother’s wings.

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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