It is not an overstatement to say that the relationship we have with our fathers has a profound effect on every human relationship we will have on this earth. And I have found that it plays a crucial role in shaping the relationship we have with God.
I am amazed at the parallels between the relationship we have with our earthly father and the perception we have of our Heavenly Father. If we had a loving, encouraging relationship with our dad it is common to view God as One who genuinely loves and cares for His children. Conversely, it is true that:
- Children who had an angry father are more inclined to be afraid of God.
- Children whose dads left the family (physically or emotionally) often find it hard to believe God will always be there for them.
- Children of workaholic dads are more likely to grow up believing that God is much too busy to be concerned with their needs.
- Children of sexually abusive fathers often want nothing to do with a male God.
If that is you, I would like to invite you on a journey. My weekly blogs, as well as my book, When Father is a Bad Word, will help you to discover who God, our Heavenly Father, really is. I will warn you, it won’t always be smooth traveling. The terrain may be rough. There may be times you will want to turn back. We may have to take an occasional detour. But once we’ve arrived at the destination you will discover it was worth the trip.
You may not know it, but you have a Father who wants nothing more than to have an intimate relationship with you. A Father who loves you more than you could ever imagine. A Father who will never leave your side. A Father who longs to give you the peace and healing you’re searching for. One of His many promises to you as found in Psalm 27:10 is this: Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
It is said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Ready? Let’s go!