Psalm 68:5 — Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy (NLT).
On today, Father’s Day, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be a father. Nobody else brings greater joy to Heidi and me than Noah and Jack. I thank God every day for them, and I refuse to take a moment with them for granted. The Lord has entrusted their lives to us, and I am honored every time they call me Dad. I love them with all of my heart.
I am also reminded today of those who are without their earthly fathers—physically or emotionally. Perhaps you are one of them, or know of someone who is. Let Psalm 68:5 serve as a reminder to you that you are God’s child first. He is a Father to the fatherless. Your father might not have been there for you as you grew up, or maybe you’re like me and he has passed away from this life. Whatever the case, you are His, and He loves you without restraint.
I want to encourage you in a couple of different ways on this Father’s Day. First, if you are without your earthly father, open yourself up to your heavenly Father’s love. His desire is to nurture and defend you. Don’t avoid intimate fellowship with Him because your earthly father avoided it with you.
Secondly, I challenge the men who are reading this to be a father figure to the young men and women in your lives who may not have one. Be God’s hands extended to them. Everyone is loved by Him, and He wants to use you to demonstrate His love to others. Don’t close yourself off to this reality because you’ve been hurt. Being a healing agent for someone else might just bring healing to you.
Happy Father’s Day!
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