By McKenzie Davis
When I think about the love of a father I am often brought back to a time when my father and I spent the day at the beach. He knew that the beach is one of my favorite places so he set aside a whole day were just the two of us could hang out at my favorite beach spot. We had pizza and ice cream and all sorts of junk food, joking around that if my mom could see what we were eating she would probably have a heart attack. There
was a distinct moment where I felt like he knew me better than I knew myself. We talked and laughed for hours and hours as we listened to the waves crash on the shore. He has always called me ‘Precious’ since I was very little and as we were getting ready to go he looked at me and said “Precious, no matter what happens between me and your mom I will always love you and fight for you”…. and then I woke up because I realized that my best day with my father has never happened and that it was only a dream. My reality is that while my father is very much alive, his actions have made our relationship cease to exist. The pain of his actions and mistakes haunt me every day because it’s not enough that he doesn’t talk to me, but the fact that he chooses to talk to my other siblings.
I’m sharing all of this because we all have our own baggage when it comes to our relationship with our parents specifically talking about the father to child relationship. But the beauty of all this dysfunction and pain is that EVERYONE has a father, a father who will love, care, nurture, and support them till the end of time, and his name is Jesus Christ. God’s Love for us is endless and while you may not have a relationship with your earthly father, God wants and yearns for you to pursue His love. He wants his sons and daughters to know what it’s like to have a father who will fight till the ends of the earth to get to you, who will leave the ninety-nine just to find you.
The devil will try and use the dysfunction of any and every relationship in your life to make you feel worthless, small, unlovable, anything that says without this person or relationship you are not good enough. That’s NOT true!! Rebuke those lies and start looking and believing in the truth, God’s truth. Romans 8:39 says that “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God loves you no matter what sins you have committed in your life because he knows that mankind is never going to be perfect.
While Christ knows and accepts our imperfections and shortcomings he has no problem with disciplining us and guiding us back on the right path. In Proverbs 3:12, it tells us that “ …the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Sometimes as Christians we feel as if we have “gotten away” with certain sins that we have committed, but the truth is God sees all and He loves you so much that He will let you believe that lie and then he willing loving whisper to that “My daughter/son I have something better for you and this isn’t it”. He loves us so much that he will whisper that over and over and over until one day it finally clicks. This is the kind of love that so many of us long for and desire. This is the kind of love from a father that many people in this generation are lacking and longing for, and to think all we have to do is receive it. There is no price that has to be paid, no gift that has been given, because God the Father, the Alpha and Omega, our Bridegroom and our Good Shepherd is willing to be our Earthly and Heavenly Father regardless if you have an amazing thriving relationship with your earthly father, God will always and forever be the Father of His creation.
In Luke 15:4 Jesus began to tell another parable asking the Pharisees that questioned Him, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” He put the Pharisees in their place to make sure that they knew and understood there is no person who is unworthy of the love of Father. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but God the Father loves you, you are His child, you are his most prized possession, and you may have been abandoned in the past, but God will never leave you and he will never forsake you. And I encourage you to hold on to that truth.
Song Suggestion: How He Loves Us by Jesus Culture