We put together this devotional series in honor of Father’s Day. When Jesus taught His followers to pray, He said to lead with “Our Father.” Jesus often referred to God as Father. The Bible is full of passages that help us see God as a Heavenly Father. In learning of His fatherly attributes, we learn more about how we can relate to Him as His children. Additionally, we find an example of how we can aspire after these attributes as earthly fathers. As you work through God the Father, let us know if you have any questions about anything you read. We pray that you will grow in your knowledge and understanding of how much God loves you as a Father and why that is important in your everyday life.
This series was written by Sam Broughton, Covenant Field Chaplain, with key contributions from David Cavitt.
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. (vv. 5-6)
Special days of the year, like Father’s Day, can be painful reminders of the absence or neglect of a family member. When a Father refuses to love God and his family as he should, great damage is done, but by God’s tender mercies, healing can come into human brokenness. Here are some words of hope from Psalm 68:
Good Common Sense
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…” -Proverbs 2:6
Our Heavenly Father (God the Father) has some words of advice for us. They are plain and simple. They are to the point. They make sense. Our Heavenly Daddy tells us these are ways to think and things to do if we to know Him and find happiness in life.
Watch What God Does
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Ephesians 5:1-2, The Message Translation)
Help for the Hopeless
And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. (Luke 8:41–42, ESV)
Let’s take a look at this verse in more detail and then see how this story ends…
I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them. (Hosea 11:4, ESV)
What an amazing job a Father has! If you are a Dad, when was the last time you ever just thanked God for the joy of being a father? Have you ever considered that you are doing exactly what God our Heavenly Father has done for His children? In Hosea 11, the prophet Hosea reminds the people of Israel what their Heavenly Father has done for them. Look at this list:
A Good Man
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. (Mark 10:18, ESV)
When someone called Jesus “good teacher,” He responded, “Why are you calling me good? There is no one good except the Father.” There’s another Father in the Bible that would offer a similar response, “Why are you calling me good?” Before telling you the name of this man, look at this description:
Forgive One Another
“…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13
There were two sons living with their dad. The dad was wealthy, but he expected good work from his sons, just like his hired workers. One day, the younger son got to thinking about his inheritance, and he demanded it from his father. The father generously gave the large amount of money to his son, who immediately left home.
GOD THE FATHER CARES
“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-27, ESV)
It is impossible to imagine all that Jesus endured during the final hours of his life. By the time he was crucified, he had been beaten unmercifully. The beating itself was enough to kill someone. Then, came the cross; the pain and suffering were unimaginable! While Jesus is being crucified, near the end of his life, an amazing thing happens. Jesus set aside his own suffering to address the need to care for his mother. Amazing!
ABBA – Our Daddy in Heaven
The Hebrew word for Father is “Ab.” Two letters long, it sounds like the first sounds that might come from the mouth of a little baby, putting his lips together saying, “Ab…Ab…Ab.” This is a term of endearment and intimacy. The closest English word is “Daddy.” During the time of Jesus, the Hebrew people had begun using the Assyrian language in their everyday communication. This is the language used in the Gospels. That word for Father is “Abba.”
The Steadfast Love of the Lord
God’s love is infinitely greater than human love, but the awesome, undeserved love of God our Father is exactly what draws us to Him. Jesus talked about this very thing when He said, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17 (ESV). Condemnation would not draw us to God, but love would. In scripture, God’s love is often described as His steadfast love.