“God in his holy dwelling is a father of the fatherless and a champion of widows.” Psalm 68:5
Father’s Day is one that is celebrated every year. We celebrate the men that give us security, love, sometimes discipline, a keen fashion sense, and of course the infamous “dad joke”. Like many of you reading this, my daughter’s father is not in her life. Sometimes, a sense of guilt overwhelms me, because even though I “play both roles”, there is still that reality that lurks around her on this day.
To some, Father’s Day is a painful day. Maybe you mourn the loss of your father. Maybe you grew up without a father present or with an abusive father. While it can be difficult, acknowledging the imperfections or absence of a father in your life is crucial. Something we tend to do is equate the Good Father with our earthly one. If our father is quick to anger, we assume God is that way. If our fathers abandon us, we live in fear God will do the same. Thank goodness the Lord is so much more than we can ever imagine.
Whether you had a father who was absent, abusive, hard to love, or you had a father who was the perfect, loving, and amazing father we all dream of, the reality is no matter who your earthly father is, he is a sinner. There is no perfection in earthly parenting, however, our perfect Father, our God, is not only one who is loving beyond comprehension, will never leave or forsake us, but He is also our champion. While we may not have an earthly parent, God is the Father of the fatherless and the champion of widows. He is a refuge for the broken, and that includes us all.
If yesterday was painful for you, sisters, I prayed for you. I pray you will spend time getting to know your Father in Heaven. He loves you, and He will never leave nor forsake you.
Father, I thank You that You are a good, good Father. You are my champion, and Your love is far more than I can ever comprehend. Help me to get to know You, and grant me grace to relish and understand who You are. I love You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Read Deuteronomy 10:18, Psalm 10:14, Psalm 146:9, and Job 29:12. What do these verses say about God’s character?