The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
Behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”Matthew 3:17
My God and Father
My God and Father. Your God and Father.
Everyone has a father and a mother. In spite of what science is trying to do, this is still the fact and truth of human biology.
Often, God our heavenly Father is measured against our human, biological father. It should be the other way around – our human fathers should be measured against our heavenly Father.
Because God the Father is the model, the epitome of all fatherhood.
This can have two effects.
One, it can sour a person on God because their relationship with their human father leaves much if not all to be desired.
Dave’s relationship with his father left just about everything to be desired. His father and mother fought and yelled all the time.
One day, as Dave’s parents were going at each other again, Dave took his mother’s side.
His father turned on Dave and yelled the last words Dave would hear from his father, “You are such a mama’s boy!” Then he walked out of the house and away from his family, never to be heard from again.
John’s experience with his father was different but the same.
At first, when John was 7-9 years old, his father would take him to grandpa’s Oregon ranch to work for the summer. They would often take trips to Montana and Idaho to fish.
But when John was 10, his dad’s life took a downturn and his dad turned to alcohol.
The trips ended. John’s dad would spend his days in his tool shed alone, drinking and doing crossword puzzles. He checked out of John’s life at the very time when he should have been showing John what it means to be a True Man. Instead, John got silence from his father.
This is a common story. And it can result in a person turning their back on God. When they hear that God is their heavenly Father, they want no part of him. That’s because their experience with their own fathers has been so devastating.
God the Father is the model, the epitome of all fatherhood.
The second effect can be that we are greatly blessed. Our experience with our earthly, biological father is tremendous.
Our father tells us he loves us, every day (or nearly every day). He is supportive and encouraging.
He loves our mother and treats her with respect and honor.
He tells us about Jesus.
As Pastor Kinne and I often say at a baptism here at St. Matthew, dad is the “high priest in the home.” He leads in family devotions. He leads in the worship of Jesus every week at church (or nearly every week).
Every man who is called by God to be a father has God the Father as his role-model, as his measuring stick.
The blessed effect shows us that like our earthly father, we can also approach our heavenly Father as his true children.
We can ask our heavenly Father with all boldness and confidence just as we can with our earthly father we have a blessed relationship with.
And as we feel and know the love of our earthly father, we can also be assured of the love of our Heavenly Father.
That could be exactly what you experience right now, having a great relationship with your heavenly Father.
But maybe that isn’t your experience. Because your relationship with your earthly father is not so great.
I have good news for you.
It can be.
Because of Jesus Christ!
God the Father said of his son, Jesus, “this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 ESV).
When Jesus shed his blood on the cross and died, he forgave all your sins.
And it was because of that moment – because of Jesus Christ – that God the Father now turns to you and says, “You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.”
That’s what we mean when we confess in the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty….”
Heavenly Father, thank you for being my Father and giving your children the model of fatherhood to follow. I pray that all fathers will come to know you and love their children as you love us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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