Father Knows Best!
Some of you may remember the television series from the 50s and 60s named Father Knows Best! It starred Robert Young as Jim Warren, head of the Warren Family, who always had just the perfect answer for every challenge his family faced.
Real life fathers don’t have the benefit of Hollywood scriptwriters. In fact, there is no official training on how to be one. We learn from our experiences; sometimes they were good and sometimes not. But most men who suddenly find themselves “expecting” share the same desire: that our children’s lives will be better off than ours.
Being a father is certainly not easy, but being a loving dad is even harder. I speak from experience. God has blessed Teri and me with four wonderful children. There are times when I say and do the right things to them (or for them), and then times when I react in anger and frustration. When that happens, I quickly try to make things right. I seek forgiveness for my mistakes and then learn from my victories.
When I hear the word “father,” I immediately think of our Heavenly Father. The Bible teaches that God is our Father because He made each one of us with very different strengths, gifts, and personalities. He is our Provider and Protector. He watches over us. We are His children.
But God doesn’t limit His relationship with us to just being our Father. The Bible reveals the mystery of His intimate heart and love for each of us – so much so that He wants us to call Him “Daddy!”
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
The English translation for the Greek word “Abba” is “daddy.” To think that the Creator of the universe has such a personal relationship with us is hard to fully comprehend. He is our Daddy! He wants us to come to Him as little children to find peace and safety in His loving arms.
This Father’s Day, let’s find a way to honor our earthly fathers with respect and gratitude. And some time during the day, take time to spend with your Heavenly Daddy. Show both how much you love and appreciate them. Happy Father’s Day!