THE PERFECT FATHER 6-17-18

THE PERFECT FATHER

June 17, 2018

 

                Ideally, every child would have the perfect father – a father who loves them with a perfect love.  A father who always gives them what is best for them, that will help them grow and mature into a responsible and happy adult.  A wise father– like King Solomon in our first two Scripture readings from the 4th chapter of Proverbs – one that always knows exactly the right words to say, at the right time, in the right way.  A father that disciplines without discouraging.  A father that puts God first, family second, and himself last.  A father that is fun to be with and who brings joy and laughter to the family.  A father that leads by example, not only by word.  A perfect father…

          But we live in the real world.  And even King Solomon didn’t follow his own advice in the end.  He told his son in Proverbs 4:11 “I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths”, and in verses 25-27 “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.  Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil”.  And yet this king, who was both the wisest and richest man who had ever lived up until then, who was entrusted with building God’s temple – was enticed by foreign women, whom the Lord had warned him to stay away from.  He did not follow his own advice, nor lead by example.  And these foreign women that he married led him into the worship of their gods, and away from the one true God.  And the end result was very tragic indeed.  You can read about it in 11th chapter of 1 Kings.

          Yet in our hearts, we yearn to have a perfect father. Sometimes this quest for the perfect father, our true father, is one that can span our entire lifetime.  As a little girl I thought my father was practically God.  I’m sure many children do when they are very young.  We want to be just like them, and we want them to always love us and be proud of us.  But I was never quite good enough for my adoptive dad.  Try as I may, if I got one A- instead of an A+ you’d think I’d robbed the 7-11.  When I did accomplish something noteworthy, it was always because I was his daughter; but on the rare occasion I messed up, it was all my fault.  Granted, I wasn’t a perfect daughter.  There is no such thing.  But was he a perfect father?  And in the end, he completely disowned me.  After my mother developed dementia, he wrote me out of the will.  But then, he was not my true father.  Would God ever make me earn his love?  No.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”.   Would God ever disown me after adopting me as his child?  In Ephesians chapter 1 we read, “In love He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will…  And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. The Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His glory” (vs. 5,13,14).  No, once you are God’s child through faith in Jesus, He will never disown you.

          After the passing of my adoptive parents, I went on a quest to find my birth parents.  I was very fortunate through the help of several people to discover who my birth mother is.  She is a wonderful, God-fearing lady who I have come to have both love and respect for.  But my father’s name is not on my original birth certificate, and my mother does not want to reveal to me who he is.  And she says he is now dead. 

          But my true father is not dead.  My true father is very much alive.  And my true father will gladly reveal Himself to anyone who searches for Him.  God promises in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.  Yes, God is not only my true father, the one I had been looking for with all my heart, but He is the one that deep down all of us are looking for.  He is completely good, He is love, He IS the perfect father.  He gives us only what is good for us, and He will never stop loving us.  James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.   He brings joy to His children, as Nehemiah said, “Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!" (Nehemiah 8:10).  We can follow all of the advice my perfect Father gives us in His Word, knowing that He stands behind every last bit of it, and will never let us down as Solomon did his son.  All of His prophecies will be fulfilled, and the inheritance of His children will never be taken away.  It is waiting for us in His heavenly kingdom.  He forgives our imperfections and never stops loving us.  Can I say it one more time?  He never stops loving us! 

          If you don’t yet know my true father, the only perfect father in the entire universe, wouldn’t you also like to be adopted into His wonderful family?  He loves you, too, and sent His Son to redeem you from your sins, to cleanse your spirit and give you His Holy Spirit to fill you with His love, joy, and peace.  And while some of you are indeed blessed with wonderful, loving earthly fathers, whom you should honor and respect; they are but a dim reflection of our wondrous heavenly Father.  So call upon Him today.  Thank Him for sending His Son to make you a part of His family.  And for sending us His Holy Spirit, for as Paul told the Galatians, “because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father’" (Galatians 4:6).  That phrase is the equivalent of calling our heavenly  Father “Daddy”.  I am so happy that my true daddy loves me!  Amen. 

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