It’s Father’s Day and I hope you have a man in your life worthy of celebrating. A father who loves and protects you. A husband who partners and parents with you in life and ministry. A spiritual guy who guides you with wisdom.
I hope your day is full of BBQs and fire pit conversations. I hope you laugh about silly stories and old memories. If that’s true for you, celebrate that man well today. Buy the coffee cup that says #1 Dad and spend time together.
The ugly truth is that many women do not have a good father figure in their life.
Broken homes lead to broken hearts, and
broken hearts lead to broken lives.
As the Father that God longs to be to you, what is his response to your brokenness?
He says, “Come to me,” in Matt. 11:28
You may not have the dad you want, but God will be the father you need.
He says, “I am the father to the fatherless,” in Ps. 68:5.
You don’t have to be an orphan to experience being fatherless.
If your dad is gone or incapacitated or even derelict, God will be your Father.
He says, “I will be your first line of defense.” in Deuteronomy 10:18.
He defends the cause of the fatherless. He will go before you and be your rear guard.
He says, “I will fight for you.”
“Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Ps. 100:1
Who better to fight your battles than our God?
He says, “I will give you shelter.”
“For [your] father had forsaken you, but the Lord will take you in.” says Ps. 27:10
Slide under his might arm and rest in his strength.
He says, “I will help you.”
The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless… Psalm 146:9
I hope you know and trust your dad.
If you don’t have the father you want … A dad who will love and accept you. A dad who will protect and run interference for you. A dad who will stop what he’s doing to listen and guide you, remember that you do have a Father in Heaven who longs to be all those things for you.
Prayer: God, be my dad, my papa, my father and my daddy. Fill in the gaps left open by a man who could not or would not be there for me. I lean into you today and trust you to keep your word. In Jesus Name, Amen.