Best Father One Could Have (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 171)
Psalm 68:5 (NLT)
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God who is gracious, merciful, and compassionate gives us everything we could ever want in a father. Everybody — the fatherless, the widow, the hurting, the heartbroken, the solitary — all find that God is all-sufficient to them. We need only to reach out to God to see that He is always reaching out to us. We praise Him not just because He is God, but because we can call Him Father.
If you have lost your father, know that God feels your grief and hears your cry. He is ever-present and ever-ready to be your guide and head. You will find that God is the best father one could ever have. When you call Him, He is right there. He is not preoccupied or presently absent. He infinitely more, limitless for all, and boundlessly better.
We all have a need to be loved, valued, and cherished. Ideally, our earthly father should meet those needs. But even if he is not there to do so or chooses to walk away from such responsibilities, God takes on the mantle and does it for us. Of all the ways God could have chosen to align Himself with humanity, He chose to be called Father. Take comfort in knowing that no one has to go without a loving, patient, kind, and strong father in God.
“Our males down here are only a dim, flickering image of what true masculinity is. We do not project our ideas of fatherhood up onto the big screen of the heavens. No, God’s ultimate idea of fatherhood is projected down onto the little screens that each of us carries around.”
— Douglas Wilson