Friday, September 11, 2020

Focusing on God as Your Father


By: Sarah Geringer 


Do you have a father wound? Many people grew up with difficult relationships with parent figures. Some of us still suffer from feeling “fatherless.” God wants us to come to Him as our perfect Heavenly Father, who can heal us from our past hurts. If you want to grow in your relationship with God as Father, here are some helpful verses for meditation prompts.

 

There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son,

all the way you went until you reached this place.

Deuteronomy 1:31 NIV

Moses spoke these words to God’s people after they escaped from Egypt and were wandering in the desert. He was telling them that God tenderly cared for them during their trials.

 

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow,

and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 10:18 NIV

Even if you feel fatherless, God still lovingly cares for you.

 

Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?

Deuteronomy 32:6 NIV

Since God is our Father and Creator, he deserves our worship and adoration.

 

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

Psalm 27:10 NLT

No matter how difficult your relationship may be with your biological parents, God the Father holds you close.

 

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

Psalm 68:5 NIV

God is the one who fathers those who feel fatherless, and he is perfect and holy in his parenting.

 

As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13 ESV

Those who follow God with reverence and respect will receive his fatherly compassion.

 

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap,

and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Matthew 6:26 ESV

These words of Jesus are meant to calm our anxieties. Since God cares lovingly for wild birds, he will provide far more for his children.

 

I am returning to my Father and your Father,

to my God and your God.

John 20:17 ESV

Jesus spoke these words to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning. He wanted us to know that his Father is our Father too.

 

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.

Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.

Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15 NLT

The term “abba” is like our term “daddy.” We are able to call God our “Daddy” because he has adopted us into his family, and we no longer need to feel fearful of him.

 

“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters,”

says the Lord Almighty.

2 Corinthians 6:18 NLT

God calls us his sons and daughters, so we are free to call him Father if we believe in him.

 

And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3 NLT

Because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, we can have fellowship with him and with our heavenly Father.

 

Meditate on verses like these to feel closer to your Father in heaven.

Here's a prayer to encourage you today:


Heavenly Father,

I am so thankful and grateful to call you Father.
Thank you for all the Scripture verses that remind me you are my Father.
Help me meditate on these verses to hide them in my heart and mind.
I believe that as I turn to you first as my Father, my faith in you will grow.
Thank you in advance for the ways you will show fatherly love to me this year.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Want more tips on Christian meditation? Check out my book, Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,





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