What Makes A Good Father?

Jen’s Gem:  God is the best Father!

While reading a devotional this week, one of the Scripture references was Psalm 139. I thought it was the perfect message for today – Father’s Day. I hope you will take a moment to read it as it perfectly describes God and role as our heavenly Father.

I want to point out a few key takeaways from this amazing prayer:

  • God knows us intimately. He knows everything about us – our thoughts, our actions, our feelings. He stands ready to help us anytime we call on His name. He sends His angels to protect us.
  • His Spirit guides us and is with us continually. This is an amazing gift given to all who believe. God’s unmatched wisdom is there for the taking to direct our steps. We have the ability to tap into the wisdom of God for every single decision we make!
  • God created us, “formed our inward parts and covered us in our mother’s womb.” Before the creation of the universe, we were a thought in God’s mind. He thought of us before He created the moon, stars, and the planets! Wow!!
  • We are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” What care and precision God took to create you and me. Each person is unique – made in His image. No two people share the same DNA!
  • God has a specific purpose for each of us. Our “days were fashioned” and every day is written in a book with our name on it. Can you imagine? There’s a book in heaven with your name on it. And… God wrote it! (I hear it’s a bestseller!)
  • God thinks about us constantly and knows every hair on our heads. He thinks about us more than we think about Him.

Maybe your earthly father was not the best. Perhaps they failed at fulfilling their parental duties. I’m sorry for that…truly I am because fathers play a vital role in the upbringing of a child, helping them to feel safe, secure, loved, and supported.

However, unless they had a great example of fatherhood, how would they know what to do? How would they know how to be a good father if they themselves did not have one? They are only doing – or only did  – what they saw their fathers (or other male role models) do.

If they did not know God or have a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus, then for sure they had no example of what fatherhood means. You see, this Psalm along with a b-zillion other Scriptures speak to the love of our Father in heaven towards us, His children. If you want to know what a good father looks like? Read the Bible. Learn about God. Get to know Him through His Son.

I no longer have my dad with me, and I miss him terribly. Was he a perfect father? Nope. He, along with my Mom did their best to raise me and my siblings. Did they make mistakes? Yep. And guess what? So did I and if you have children, so did you.

They were not perfect. I am not perfect. You are not perfect. Only God is perfect. We can however strive for parental perfection by reading the manual. No, it’s not Dr. Spock or the “What to Expect” books. It’s God’s Word – the Bible. Each page is chock full of God’s love for us, His children. It’s filled with examples of His unconditional love for us.

If like me your father is no longer with you, I want to encourage you to read Psalm 139 and know that your Father in heaven is always with you…this Father’s Day and every Father’s Day until the end of time. (Click here to read.)

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