The Fatherhood of God

How our perception of life can skew our image of God (part 2)

Published on 1st November 2017
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This article builds up on our previous article Vision Correction”

A quick look at the more popular fairy-tales and movies reveals a common element: they all live happily ever after. Damsels are rescued, couples are united, the lost make their way home and the world is saved in the nick of time.

But this is far from the reality of things. In actual fact, men rarely find a damsel in distress and women do not find their prince. Life is fraught with pain, challenges, arguments, disagreements and ‘unhappiness’ and we ask – ‘Where is my ‘Happily Ever After?’

The Distorted Image

All these images and fantasies which we carry with us are a huge obstacle when we are told to believe in God who is our Father, perfect in every way and we may think to ourselves – this is just another story which has only disappointment in store for me.

Yet God is really a Father. If we dwell on the word Father for a while we will most probably think of our earthly father. He could have been the most loving of people yet, because of our fallen human nature, there have surely been disappointments from him. Some of us do not even know our father.

These feelings are easily transposed onto God and we may think of Him in the same way we think of our earthly one.

The older we grow the more we realise that motivations are somewhat ‘polluted’ by our own thoughts and needs and feelings. So perhaps, after all, our parents did not always really do what was best for us but at times what was best for them.

So therefore, we think, perhaps, God too, tells us certain things because it suits Him rather than us.

The True Image

The Bible continuously reveals the truth about God’s character and Fatherhood.

The truth is that God has good plans for you (Jer 29:11),

He sent Jesus to save us and to give us life and life in abundance (John 10:10).

He is the Light of the World (John 9:5)

He calls all those who are weary and tired in order to give them rest (Matt 11:28).

He is a Father to the fatherless (Psalm 65:5)

Ask God in your prayer time, to let you see him for the loving and perfect Father that he really is.