“Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” [2 Corinthians 2:2]
I have been so blessed in recent months as we have sung the song, “He’s a good, good Father; that’s who He is, that’s who He is.” The Fatherhood of God is one of the cornerstones of our faith. When Jesus taught us to pray, he began with “Our Father”. The Nicene Creed, spoken each Sunday in many Christian gatherings, begins with the words, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty…” The concept of fatherhood is at the very heart of God and it is so vital that Satan has tried in every way that he can to destroy it.
Some people’s concept of God has been damaged by their bad experiences with their human father. Where there has been a cruel earthly father, God might be thought as being cruel. The absence of an earthly father might create the sense of a God who cannot be trusted. The non-relational earthly father might lead his child to believe that God cannot really be known. The prejudiced earthly father, who favours one child above the others, might lead a person to the terrible conclusion that God has favourites and they are not one of them! Many times people have said to me, “My father was never really able to express love to me.”
This week I heard a Christian brother, rejected by his family, and raised from the age of two in children’s homes, say, “I understand that others know God as Father but I have never been able to experience that for myself!
If someone’s relationship with God as Father has been damaged, then they need God to reveal that truth to them in their spirit! The writer to the Hebrews says, “God is the father of spirits” [Hebrews 12:9]. Opinion comes from our mind, but revelation comes through our spirit and God wants to repair the damage and reveal to us the true meaning of the word “father.” Knowing the Father-Heart of God is a major need for many Christians, and when you know His heart you cannot help but love Him.
I love the picture of the father in Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son, or perhaps more accurately the two lost sons [Luke 15:11-32]. He loves the son lost in the world but releases him, longs for him, embraces him, and celebrates when he returns. The father equally loves the elder brother and pleads with him to come to the party.
What the Heavenly Father longs for more than anything else is that He might have fellowship with us, enjoy our company, and pour out His blessings into our lives. That is why Paul writes, “Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
How do you relate to God as Father? Is there something that hinders you from really having a close relationship with Him?
Why not ask God to give you a fresh and meaningful revelation to your spirit of His Father heart?