“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
Psalms 103:13 NLT
The word “father” conjures up so many different images for different people. My own father died when I was young, so until my husband and I had children, I was mostly been an outsider to this special relationship. Others I know have enjoyed a healthy, loving tie with their dads. Still others choke back tears of pain at the memory of this dreaded monster. We mortals often project, consciously or unconsciously, the attributes of our earthly fathers to the Heavenly Father. If I do that, as I did for many years, I wait with angst for the ball to drop, for the time when He is gone. If my abused friend ascribes such traits to God, he wants nothing to do with Him.
Aren’t you glad we have His Word to set the record straight on who God really is? “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.” (John 14:18) He is the Father who keeps His promises, who loves unconditionally, who leaves the 99 sheep to find you and me. Oh, how He loves us.🚦
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