Happy Father’s Day

I came from a broken home and never knew what it was to have or be a father. On Father’s Day I think of the many others who are also without fathers and do not understand a father and son relationship. This study led me to the Bible, and I soon realized that in the Old Testament God was never referred to as “Father.” Then I was excited as I learned that the Lord for the first time taught His disciples to pray to God and say, “Our Father which art in Heaven” (Matt. 5:16). “Father” (Hebrew) also means “abba” or “papa.” This means I can do what Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and high priests could not do, I can call Almighty God, “My Father.” Later in life I saw my father and invited him to visit my family, and also hear me preach. He did, but during the service, he refused my one and only gospel invitation to him. He later told my grandmother, “I am ashamed of Ted.” When I heard this, it broke my heart. I went out alone to pray and wept as I told God, “My father is ashamed of me.” Then I heard a voice within me say, “Maybe your earthly father is ashamed, but not your Heavenly Father.” This changed my life, and I began to understand and develop a Father relationship with God that I had never experienced before. God is “MY” Heavenly Father. As “MY” Father He loves me as His son. When I accepted His Son I also was accepted into the family of God (John 1:12). What an awesome thought, “God is my Heavenly Father.” So, on this special day I want to also tell Him, “Happy Father’s Day.”

A father’s love illustrated: “Derek Redmond in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was favored to win the 400 meter race. Halfway into his semi-final heat, a pain seared through his right leg. He crumpled with a torn hamstring. As medical help approached, Derek slowly rose to his feet. To everyone’s surprise, he did not stop but started limping and hopping. He pushed away the coach and attendants in an attempt to finish his race. As he reached the stretch, a big man pushed through the crowd. The man was Jim Redmond, Derek’s father. As he approached he said, “Son, you don’t have to do this.” “Yes, I do, father.” Derek stated. The father then lovingly said, “Well, son, we will do it together.” The father wrapped his son in his arms, resisted the security men, and helped his son hobble to the finish line. The crowd clapped, then stood, then cheered, and then wept as the father helped his son finish the race.They did it together!” – Wikipedia.

What made the father do it? The answer is simple. The son needed his father. So the father responded. God, your Heavenly Father, also sees you limping, struggling to finish your race in life. There are times you are down. You simply cannot make it alone. Your Heavenly Father also responds, “It’s all right, My child, I am here and together we will finish your race.” As a child of God, always remember your Heavenly Father will always be “there” with unconditional love, eyes that never sleep, ears that always hears, and arms that are always open. He will never leave or forsake you – Never! (Heb. 13:5). On this Father’s Day you can pause, look up, and say, “My Heavenly Father,” and He will respond “Yes, my child. I am here.” Then as you toward the heavens, you can express your love to Him personally and say, “Happy Father’s Day!

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