There is no better father than our Father in heaven. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect. He just asks that we run to Him. Do you want to see Him?
There’s no Father like this Father. He took your shame. He didn’t come to condemn. He came to redeem and save. He’s a Father worth going home to. You don’t have to fear Him. He won’t abandon you. He’s Wonderful!
What is your own father like? Do you see God as your Father? How does the knowledge that God wants to be a father to you change your life?
There are many examples of not-the-greatest fathers in the Bible. David, a man after God’s own heart, was not a good father.
Joshua said, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’
Job 29:12-17, 23 “Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. 13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. 15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. 16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. 17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. 23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.”
When you turn to God and say, ‘I can’t wait to see you,’ what does that do to His heart? When you lay aside your will and your wants and just look to Jesus, what does that mean to Him?
If you are a father, how does it make you feel when your child crawls into your lap and gives you a hug? How can you do the same for your Heavenly Father? What does that look like? What does that feel like?
Meeting the needs of the hurting and the broken, to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry, to give to drink those who are thirsty, meeting the needs of those who are weak. Your children are those who are weak. They need direction.
When you look to Jesus and seek Him for direction, He will give it.
Not everybody is blessed with a good dad, but they do exist and there are many. Jesus Christ is your Heavenly Father. He sees your heart, your hurt, your brokenness. He wants to be the Father that you turn to.
The tragedy of our world today is the abandoning of families.
You have to talk to the Father for yourself.
Luke 15:20 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”
Look what that father did!
Luke 15:21-24 “And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
Even from far away, when you’ve made more mistakes than you can count, when you start to return, Jesus sees that.
Jesus wants a relationship with you. Will you share your life with Him and allow Him to direct your life? What changes in your thinking and habits and actions will be needed in order for that to happen?
Psalm 103:1-18 “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;”
The world says a good father gives his kids everything they want, but Jesus forgives sins. He redeems from destruction, He heals. He crowns with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
Jesus loves you. He doesn’t give you what you deserve. He paid that price in your place. God is not a god of wrath. He hasn’t come to make you feel alone. He hasn’t come to destroy or condemn. He loves YOU. He has come to give you HOPE and JOY and PEACE and LOVE.
He remembers you even though you’ve failed. He knows your failures, but He still remembers. He runs to you like a father runs to a child. He’s a Father worth running home to. He hugs you and embraces you and brings His blessings to you.
His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. His righteousness is to children’s children. He’s a Father worth living your life for, worth setting aside your sins, pride, failures, and allow Him to take it ALL. When you turn your face to Him, He’ll run to you.
Will you trust Jesus with your faults and failures and allow Him to help you? What does that look like and how does this change your life?
To those who have been abandoned, Jesus sees your need and wants to meet you where you are at. He is a Father worth coming home to.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Guest Speaker, Bud Drexel.
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