Prayer: Father God, thank you for being a kind, loving, and perfect Father. Please paint in my head a right picture of who you are and help me to grow deeply in my love for you as a result.
Knowing and Loving the Father
If you were to poll a room full of 100 people on the images, associations, and feelings that come to mind when they hear the word “father,” you could receive 100 remarkably different answers. Perhaps for you that word conjures up images of neglect, harsh parenting, or absence. Or maybe you think of the cultural image of the aloof, clumsy, Homer Simpson-type father. Or maybe you grew up with a great father who in many ways embodied the love of God the Father, and feelings of tenderness and love and affection warmly arise.
All of us have some pre-established mental picture of what a father is, what a father does, and how a father operates, but the glorious reality is this: all of them pale in comparison to the full picture of who our perfect Heavenly Father really is. The task we have ahead is to properly repaint our mental picture of who God the Father truly is.
Is he aloof and distant, or caring and near?
Is he brash and wrathful, or tender and compassionate?
Is he abusive and manipulative, or kind and truthful?
Is he powerless and inadequate, or all-powerful and capable?
Let’s ask him together to guide us to the truth by his Spirit and his Word.
Look in the Word: