Happy Father’s Day! Being a dad is one of the greatest gifts a man could receive in life. God is our wonderful Heavenly Father and He is the best example of a father ever. He calls us to be an example to our children of who He is and how much He loves them and how He is always looking out for them.
As you will hear in my video below, I personally have six children and four grandchildren and each of them brings joy into my life in their own unique way. I didn’t set out to have so many children but that’s what happens in blended families. This means constantly having to widen the circle of love, and not because you have to, but because you want to.
Fatherhood has shown me how faithful God is. During the course of your child’s life you sometimes wonder how you are going to provide sufficiently and yet the Lord always comes through. He is our “Good, Good Father” and as dads we need to aim to be just like him.
How wonderful it would be if all our fathers become more like God because the world desperately needs more real dads, as opposed to men who simply play a biological role. Let’s celebrate all those loving dads who are fully committed to their children and helping them grow up to achieve all God has called them to be.
For many of us, our fathers are no longer here but they are not forgotten. My dad passed away 10 years ago and I still hear him saying “Alistair you can do this.” We remember all they did and we still feel the gap that their passing has left in our lives.
Thankfully, God has given us many father figures in the faith from Bible characters who inspire us to spiritual dads who encourage us. and cheer us on.
The Father Heart of God
Psalm 68:5 tells us that God is a father to the fatherless and I have seen this so clearly in the lives of the orphans I support in Africa. The kids at Kondanani Children’s’ Village know how much God loves them and how faithful He is.
God’s Father’s heart is always towards us and he wants our families to be united. As Malachi 4:6 says, “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.”
I wish all my children were serving God, however I will never stop praying for them. God never gives up on us and we can’t give up them.
The Lord is forever reaching out to us so that we can be reconciled to Him. He also wants us to be reconciled to each other. God is calling the Church to go deeper, Let our hearts be turned towards each other.
A prayer on Father’s Day
This Father’s Day we honour all our fathers and those who have become father figures in our lives. We thank God for the men he has raised up to speak into our lives, guide us, protect us and exemplify the Father Heart of God.
Our prayer for fathers is that the Lord would continue to bring reconciliation between the generations and that He would raise up more righteous fathers, that more and more children would follow their dad’s integrity and walk in divine blessing.
I hope you enjoy this little video I put together for our church in Exeter, for Father’s Day…