I have been blessed with a godly, self-less earthly father, so I find it relatable to reflect on who my heavenly father is. Although, we all have different stories and some of us may have a difficult time relating to discover what a perfect Father is like.
God is not like those “greek gods” we studied and watched movies about. Those gods were known to be a bit “higher” than humans on earth, filled with wrath looking down upon the people, prepared to pounce on the humans if triggered.
Yet, the God that I know is a loving, compassionate Father who created you for a purpose who is actively working on your behalf.
Before you were born, He knew your name.
Before you were born, He covered your sin.
God is not:
1. disappointed with you
2. angry at you
3. condemning towards you
4. a Father who turns his face away
5. a God who remembers your past mistakes
A couple years ago, the revelation came to me that the God of the universe is actually a good father, not a God who condemns.
A thousand words would never be enough to describe the Father. But I am going to start with a few characteristics that have given me a glimpse of who my Father in heaven is.
We are His beloved ones. Love does not exist without the creator of the heavens and earth.
Think of that moment during a wedding where the newlyweds are madly in love and delight in each other. Just as Solomon admires his bride in the Bible, the Father’s love for you is exceedingly more than the combination of the bride and her bridegroom’s love for one another. Before the definition of love even existed, the Father was our first love. He is the ultimate creator of love and intimacy.
When Jesus died on the cross covering your sins, He thought of you in that very moment. His love is without borders- the borders between heaven and earth, shame, sin, and anything else that tries to create a separation from the arms of the Father. When Jesus walks into the room, the spirit of fear, shame, and hate has to leave. His love ruins every fear!
The one who created you picks up your broken pieces and gives His whole heart to you. There is no fear in his love. The Father’s love was created for us to receive and for His love to flow like a river throughout the rest of the earth. Our earthly love reflects and flows from the Father’s perfect love.
“You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice.”
Song of Solomon 4:9-10
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
The Father’s eyes are always on you. He rejoices and sings over you ever since the beginning of time.
2. My Father is the King
We are sons and daughters of the most High. God’s sovereignty reigns over all the earth. Nothing is hidden from his sight! The whole earth is in the palm of His hands. If my Father is the King, then we identify as royal children of Christ. There is an enormous inheritance and treasures in store for the children of the King!
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9
3. The Shepherd
God doesn’t call us where he doesn’t lead. A good shepherd steps ahead of his sheep and guides. A shepherd defined in the dictionary “is one who tends, herds, feeds, or guards herds of sheep.” Our perfect and good shepherd is not only beside us but he has already gone before us making a way. Where you have stepped, God has already walked. Nothing surprises him.
We lack nothing when he leads.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
Wondering if anyone understands your pain? - Jesus is the ultimate comforter - the only one with the power to turn our sorrow into joy. Jesus was rejected, betrayed, mocked, spit at, and murdered. As Jesus hung on that cross, He felt the weight of the world. He bore your pain and your sin. After Jesus went up to heaven, He sent the advocate- the Holy Spirit to comfort us. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us closer than our very breathe.
Your suffering is not unnoticed. Give your burdens to Jesus, for he will release the pressure and the weight off your heart.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
God is our partner, defender- the one who fights our battles. When your eyes see the crashing waves and the raging storm closing in on you, remember, at the sound of His voice, the storm surrounding ceases. Be still and know the victory is already won in the name of Jesus! Let’s rest in the arms of the Father knowing the devil has already been defeated! With God on our side we were created to tread on high places!
“He will cover you with his pinions and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror or the night, not the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand but it will not come near you.”
Psalm 91: 4
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you.”
6. A Proud and Gracious Father Who Restores.
Abba Father does not leave us broken, but restores to the full! Restoration may look different for each individual. One may need to be redeemed in a situation that could not be controlled- whether that looks like sickness, natural disaster, death, rape, or an uncontrollable family situation. God also has the power to restore a past weakness or sin by giving us the gift of grace with supernatural strength and wisdom.
The devil may have spoken words of death and lies over you in the past that kept you in shame, sin, and fear, BUT you NOW know your true identity and hold power in Jesus to grab others out of their graves and speak the truth of the gospel over them!
We have a full circle God who repairs every crevice of our hearts and rebuilds broken foundations. Jesus, you are the repairer of our hearts, minds, and our situation!
“Do not be afraid you will to be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated; you will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your maker is your husband- the Lord Almighty is his name the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer he is called the God of all the earth.”
Your Father in Heaven looks at you and says, “You are my child- perfect and blameless in my sight. There is no need to hide from past shame and hurt, for I already took care of your burdens when I died on the cross. I am not unsure nor uncertain of my love for you. My love for you will never change whether you accept your inheritance or not. You will always be my beloved.”