Phil King, a recording Christian artist that is from our little town of Turlock, California, released a song some years back titled “Daddy I Love You.” At first glance we can relate to that word being said but as we listen to it gives us a different meaning. A meaning, might I add, that can assist us in our relentless pursuit of calling Jesus our Father.
Phil writes in that song,
“Daddy I love you, Daddy I love you
More than anything, I want to make you proud”
And the bridge continues, saying,
“Share Your heart and make me wise
Shape my thoughts and form my mind
Make me loving, brave, and true
Grow me up to be just like You”
Now when I first re-committed my life to Christ, I loved the idea of God being my loving Father, but a further look into it gives it a different meaning. This can be helpful in two senses of the word.
1) “Father” meaning “protector.” Comes from the greek translation of pater meaning, simply, father of the household. Psalm 68:5 tells us that God is “the father to the fatherless, protector of widows.” Were you raised in a home without a strong father figure? God protects you. Was your father abusive? God covers you with his wings of refuge and faithfulness (Psalm 91:4). He loves you, unconditionally.
2) This is typically the difficult definition grasp and will shed light on the question, “Why does God do what He does?” Growing up, I remember being pretty mischievous. As I was raised on a horse ranch, you can guess that there were many ways that I could get in trouble. This being so, I was not a stranger to being yelled at or disciplined. As I reflect on my brief childhood (I’m only 19, so, technically I’m still a child in the eyes of most people), I am grateful of the discipline as it has molded me into the person I am today, more specifically, it shaped me into who my DAD was.
The same principle can be applied to our view on God. Often times we fight, we rebel, and we struggle in our walk with God. We even develop some remorse because we can’t find answers to fix our life problems. Here is the main point of this walked-around description of the point:
Trials and disciplines in your life are designed to HELP YOU, not HURT YOU. Our Father might withhold opportunities in your life because He knows that it will not benefit you. God is our father because he is both our protector and our manager. It just takes shameless persistence in listening to him to uncover the reasoning.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God”
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights”
^Sometimes that “gift” doesn’t come in a pretty package.