“ ‘I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:15–16
Dealing with Bad Models Last year on Father's Day I posted a fill in the blank comment on my facebook page. I wrote: My father is _________.
I naively looked forward to reading the testimonies of great dads and read of the love people had for their dads. What I actually got was venom--lots of venom. People wrote vile descriptions of their dads and recounted many of the truly vile things their dads had done to them. It was heart breaking.
The most difficult part for me was wondering how today's Christians can properly view God as a father when our earthly examples don't make great models.
God our Father
God encourages us to rely on him as a child relies on a parent. Some of us may have lost the ability to trust because our parents failed us, while others of us lost our ability to trust through circumstances—a failed job, death of a loved one, a lost desire, a broken relationship. But God can help us relearn that childlike faith—if we let him.
For some of us, the first step is to set aside our concept of “father.” Unlike abusive, selfish or absent human dads, God embodies the best of our dads and everything else we wish our fathers would be: engaged, protective, nurturing, constant, loving.*
QUESTION In what ways have you experienced God as a loving Father?
* These two paragraphs were taken from a devotion in the New Mom's Prayer Bible, which I created for Zondervan.