There’s no telling what people think when they hear the name “Father.” It could bring memories of a loving relationship, someone who is completely unknown, memories of abuse, abandonment, or raising children. Luckily, we have the Bible that defines what responsibilities a real Father should carry out. Not only out of duty, but out of honor and joy.
Scripture is filled with areas that describe what God does for us as our Father. As a father myself to Peyton and Matthew, there are many things I already feel responsible for and I am thankful I have someone who has gone before me to show me examples of what it means to be a real Dad. Jerry Bridges points out these 5 examples for us below.
Let’s be encouraged today to look at Scripture to see 5 Fatherly examples that God gives us:
God Provides For Us
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
God Protects Us
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31
God Encourages Us
“O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.” – Psalm 10:17
God Comforts Us
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God Disciplines Us
“For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.” – Hebrews 12:10
When we have days of doubt, we can always rely on promises from God such as “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Praise The Lord that He is such a good Father to His children!