“Then Manoah entreated the LORD, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
(Judges 13:8)” I believe that all of us asked the same question as Manoah did, “What shall we do unto the child that shall be born?” When our first girl was born I didn’t know what to do. I remember the first time I held my daughter-when they came home, I was getting ready for work and had some time before I left, so I was holding Meredith when she dirtied her diaper and what a smell that came from her. There was no instruction book that came with her, so I called Linda and gave Meredith to Linda and kissed her goodbye and out I went. But I thank God that He has given us a book with a lot of instructions to help us to get through this world we live in.
On this Father’s Day we can most profitably give consideration to ‘our Father in heaven.” Father is the supreme name for God.
Within the four Gospels the name Father occurs more than 150 times. The term Father is in the first recorded utterance of Jesus: “…wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luke 2:49),” and Jesus used this title for God in his last dying cry, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46)” When I was young I would go about doing what my earthly father told me to do around the house. I couldn’t wait until he got home to tell me, “Well done, my son!”
My dad was a loving father and Jesus placed a lot of emphasis on helping his disciples to accept and to respond to the God who reveals himself as the loving Father. For us to grasp this understanding also of the nature of the eternal God can impart faith to our hearts. It can create love and motivate service. That was the same way with my dad and I, when he would tell me that I did a good job, and he would say, “well done” it created more love between us and that motivated me to do more for my dad.
What kind of Father is the God whom Jesus came to reveal? And I ask you, “What kind of father are you, whom your child came to reveal?
I. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER LOVED WITH A PERFECT LOVE
The love of God finds its source in the nature of God rather than in the loveliness of
His children. God loves us in spite of our sins. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)”This is telling me that God’s Son died for the ungodly as proof of love immeasurable, Jesus died for those who bitterly hate Him. Why did God do this? 1 John 3:1 tells us why; “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” We are “sons of God” by virtue of adoption into the Family of God, derived through the Born Again experience. This world does not recognize nor acknowledge us believers as sons of God, just as they did not recognize nor acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God. Sometimes in a performance-orientated society we drift into the erroneous idea that somehow we must merit the love of the heavenly Father. This we can never do outside of faith in and response to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The eternal God continues to love the unlovely with a perfect love.
II. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER REWARDS HIS OBEDIENT CHILDREN
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:6)”
In the Word of God there is much that is said about the rewards that the heavenly Father bestows on his children for their faithfulness and obedience. Jesus tells us that the heavenly Father always hears the prayers of his children. Some people doubt this. Perhaps this is because they fail to recognize that God’s answer may be yes or no or it may be “not yet.” Sometimes the wisdom of the loving Father declines our request because that which has been requested would prove to be harmful. Sometimes the answer is “not yet” because we are not equipped to manage or to utilize that for which we request. God’s greatest rewards are inward and spiritual. They are invisible to the naked eye of the beholder.
The heavenly Father can be trusted to provide his children with the necessities of life. The sparrows don’t work, but they do not worry, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them, Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26)”
Everyday should be Father’s Day. “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)” We should give to our heavenly Father our complete trust and faith and our love. It is only in Jesus that we learn of his love and of
His merciful Fatherhood. Come to God this day through Jesus. Let him become your Father.