We often call God, our Father, but how often do we actually think of God as our Parent? (John 1:12-13) That’s right, your parent, as in picture yourself coming home from school or a long day of work and there’s God’s sitting on your couch, asking, “How was your day?”
Would you be weirded out that He’s there? Would you know how to respond? Would you think it’s strange to hear He cares about how your day went?
Thing is, even though we don’t tend to actually see God AS our parent, we do tend to judge God’s Fatherhood based on what we know of our own parents and our experiences with them in our life or them not in our life. Whatever the case may be, we often exchange our personal definition of parenthood with the kind of parenthood God offers, and therefore we fail to hear, see, and believe what kind of parent God actually is.
Eph 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
Mat 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Luke 6:36 “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”
Mat 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you”
Luk 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Other verses to read: Mat 6:3-4, Mat 7:11, Eph 3:14-19
Challenge: As you read through the Bible start taking note of all the passage that talk about who God is as a parent. Because He IS the kind of parent every child longs to have.