It seems that there is no in between when it comes to Father’s Day. You are either beyond thrilled to celebrate your dad or there is an awkwardness or a sadness on the day. I wish we could all experience a Father’s Day full of love and celebration but that is just not reality. So many of my friends have strained relationships with their fathers or no relationship with them at all. In fact, some of them have no idea who their father even is. It is rare that I see a daughter or son with a rock solid relationship with their father. The love (or absence of) that we share with our father often determines our first encounter can God and can often hinder our relationship with Him. I want to take a moment to encourage those of you who are facing a difficult time this weekend and remind you of the Father who will never leave you.
“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:38-39. This is a love that I am sure is hard to understand when you have never experienced the love of an earthly father figure. I have been lucky enough to have a father walk in the footsteps of Jesus but I am aware that I could be considered a minority. My father is not Jesus. He is not perfect. He does not know my every move. He does not know every hair on my head. Regardless of what your earthly father is like, God wants you to experience the kind of Father He is now.
God cannot leave His children astray. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Scripture continues in Hebrews 13:8 to say, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Not even Mother Theresa was that constant. No human being outside of Jesus has ever been consistent not only in their rules but also in their love. God will not tire of you. He will not abandon you when your situation gets too tough. From your birth to your death, He will be by your side for every step you take in this universe.
We often have a hard time understanding the love that God has because we often feel like we have to win love. Whether it’s a friendship, relationship, or your own parents, many of us have felt the sadness and heartbreak of having to win over someone’s love. God is not like this. Jesus won our love on the cross. Yes, you read that right. Jesus won our love, not we won His. God gives us the choice to love Him or walk away. He cannot leave us even if we choose to leave Him. He will always watch over us. You are never too far away from Him.
God cannot die, God cannot abuse you, God cannot walk away from you, God cannot hurt you. The love He wants to give us has already been laid out on the table, we just have to choose to pick it up. No matter the heartbreak your earthly father may have caused you, remember the unconditional love your heavenly Father brings you. If you cannot celebrate your dad this Father’s Day, then celebrate the Father who is and was and is to come.