Little do we realize the blessed privilege it is to have a father walk by our side. Even if it is for but a very short time, God uses the role of a father in our lives that leaves an indelible touch upon our character.
It isn’t easy to be a father. It never has been. Every father has a tender place in his heart where he knows that at times, he has fallen short of being the Dad his kids needed him to be at some integral time in their childhood. We all have experienced that regret as a father.
We know the times that we have let our children down, and as a consequence we have fallen from that privileged place of being the perfect father, their number 1 hero, and the only one they could always depend upon who would always protect them and never let them down.
That is quite a challenging place to be in, while we see our own imperfections in the mirror of our soul. We fathers will all at some time, let our children down in one way or another. It is inevitable. At times, it tugs at the periphery of your mind like a hungry mosquito on a hot summer night. Always there, but hard to see, let alone deal with it.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5.
Any parent who remembers the toddler stage, sometimes called the terrible 2’s, knows this tendency well. As childish rebellion begins to emerge, the power struggle becomes the primary stress in parenting, especially if you were blessed with a strong willed child.
“not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:2)
There is such a challenging balance between disciplining them and instructing them, and no one will do it perfectly.
The Primary Responsibility of every Child
( Ezekiel 18:4)
A Precious and Privileged Adoption
Jesus called out to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of His crucifixion using an intimate form of the word we know as "Daddy."
The Heartache of the Heavenly Father
"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” ( II Corinthians 5:17-21)
That choice, created a cancerous supernatural spiritual cell, laced with a toxic defective spiritual DNA, which ultimately has destined every one of us to physical and eternal death. He understands how hard it is to be a loving father, and yet have His children rebel and sin.
Remember that your Heavenly Father is there for you and He is as close as a prayer away in The Quiet Place. Seek him today, and worship Him as you discover the Father Heart of God for yourself.