God Vs. Earthy Father Concepts

It’s no secret that many struggle or even skip trusting God as their Father due to their own horrible or nonexistant relationship with their earthy father.

And yet consider all the good and encouraging things Jesus says in the Gospels about “our Father Who is in heaven”, the God about Whom Paul stated “in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His descendants.’” -Matthew 6.9, Acts 28.37

By my Mom divorcing my Dad, from age 9 to 18 I only saw him face-to-face for two weeks every summer and most years, for a few hours at Christmas. He was a good father but absent as we lived an hour and a half apart. On rare occasion we talked via phone and appx. every third month by mail.

Was he all I wanted him to be, wished for him to be for me or even what he deeply desired regarding our relationship? Of course not, no and certainly not. But of course my Dad was imperfect like all humans, sinful, busy with his own life, work, friends, health, etc., etc..

God is so very different from all but Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

So many of us carry hollowness, pain and loss in terms of our physical father so to me it’s patently obvious why many of us judge God with deep suspicion, harsh critique and at times an actual desire on our own part for… wait for it… distance from Him.

At one point Peter “fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”-Luke 5.8

In light of all this any confusion and comparison between our blood father and heavenly Father is as deficient as it is understandable. It is also unfair and wrong.

The God Who IS and reveals Himself in His Word as He truly is in Jesus Christ is beyond bane, defensive comparison with our flesh-and-blood Dad. Oh there are some basic similarities (certainly consider imago dei!) but He is much, much more and very different in His perfect, unchanging, sinless, all-knowing, deeply loving heart toward you and I.

Faith in Him is not a matter of human myth nor our own limited judgment. If we try to live our faith in these we are creating a god of our own making (otherwise known as a false idol). We each have that option of course, and plenty take that road but it is as dead as we are without Him.

Wrestle with these truths and learn what it means to trust when mere humans have so often given us countless reasons to not trust in them.

One major basis of my own salvation in Jesus was when I realized I could not fully trust myself but needed to place my trust in HIM. Glenn is not and could never be Glenn’s Savior. I Thank GOD for Jesus!.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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