The Fatherhood of God Part 4


God is our Father. A father cherishes and nourishes His children. He is a loving and compassionate Father. He truly cares. No truth is so far reaching as this blessed fact, that our Father cares for us. I would like us to see the heart of God the Father. Jesus said this about Him “… your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him…Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?…Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matt. 6:8,26-27, 31-32).

Knowing that your Father really cares for you eliminates thoughts of worry and anxiety. Paul tells us “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6). Peter instructs; “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). You can live a worry free life, it begins with understanding the fact that your Father cares for you affectionately and He watches over everything that concerns you.
Jesus showed us the love of our Father by telling a parable about a father who had two sons in Luke 15:11-32. Many years ago, I wondered why preachers dubbed this parable “the story of a prodigal son”. Firstly, the word “prodigal” was not mentioned in the entire story. In fact, the story began this way “And he said, A certain man had two sons.” This story is usually read from a negative standpoint, from a perspective of the younger son’s bad behaviour, how he squandered his share of his father’s wealth in a wild lifestyle and not from a positive standpoint of the goodness of his father. Secondly, if you carefully read through this parable, you will observe that the word “father” was mentioned 12 times. The emphasis was on the Father. The spotlight was on him. The story was about a loving and compassionate Father, not a rebellious child. The Father who gives and gives! He gave the younger son before he left home, gave to him when he returned and still went further to tell the elder son (when he saw the extravagant love of his father towards his brother and became angry) that “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine”, vs 31. A father who was eagerly waiting for the younger son. Though he left home but he never at any point left his father’s heart. “ 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” A father who sees from afar off! A father who lavishes, not lashes! A good, good father. No earthly father can be so described. No man on earth can fit accurately and adequately into this picture! Jesus was talking about His Father, our heavenly Father! He spoke through Jeremiah to the children of Israel “…Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3).

We must see our Father God this way. Learn to bask in your Father’s love! Do not see yourself from the viewpoint of your bad behaviours, inadequacies or misgivings. You are accepted in the beloved (Eph. 1:6). Only the goodness of God the Father leads men to repentance ( Rom. 2:4). Your sins maybe great and grave, but His love for you is greater! It is not about your love for God, it is about His love for you! “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love” (Jn 15:9). “For the Father Himself loveth you…” (Jn. 16:27). “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 Jn. 4:16). We have arrived at the love zone! Where the love of the Father reigns supreme!

Say these words out loud “My Father cares for me. He loves me deeply and affectionately. Nothing and absolutely nothing can separate me from His love.” You are blessed.