One of the most basic and unique elements of the Christian faith is the Biblical concept of the fatherhood of God. He is uniquely the Father of all those whom He has called and redeemed. They alone can truly embrace the privilege of calling Him Father.
The greatest challenge to understanding the fatherhood of God is overcoming the false image of fatherhood so many of us hold.
The greatest challenge to understanding the fatherhood of God is overcoming the false image of fatherhood so many of us hold. Some people grew up with harsh or angry earthly fathers, while other fathers were weak-willed and tolerated disrespect. At some point, these images were transferred from our earthly fathers and applied to our heavenly Father. At their best, our earthly fathers are a pale approximation of God. How do we separate these false images from the true image of God our Father?
Dr. Seymour Diamond reported that fathers in America spend an average of 38 seconds a day being totally attentive and 20 minutes a day being partially attentive to the needs of their children. However, our heavenly Father is fully attentive 100 percent of the time. We are the focus of His planning and the recipients of His companionship. That is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray, saying, "Our Father . . ." (Matthew 6:9).
The Bible tells us that without the shed blood of Jesus Christ, there can be no forgiveness of sins (see Hebrews 9:22). Without the blood of Christ, there can be no true restoration with the Father. Without the blood of Jesus Christ, we cannot pray, "Our Father."
Prayer: Father, help me to remember that You are the perfect father and that I have Your attention 100 percent of the time. Thank You for the blood of Christ that allows me to have this relationship with You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father'" (Romans 8:15).