A Perfect Father

“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”

Psalm 103:11-14

I’m not sure about you, but I know I have been far from a perfect father. I have had my many shortcomings in life, and there are things I wish I could have done differently, if given the chance. I know no true perfectionist as there are no perfect people in this world. A perfect father is impossible to come by on this earth as we were all raised by imperfect fathers. I am sure my dad has things he would change if he could but there is no rewind button in life, and we just hope to learn from the mistakes we make. There were times in my life when I was growing up when I was upset about the way my dad did some things, and I would pout and feel sorry for myself. I wished, at the time, for things to be different, not truly understanding that God had a plan for my life and was involved in all the details of my life.

God gave me the exact parents He wanted me to have, and He allowed me to be raised by a father who was not perfect. My father who taught me the ropes of life, and did his best to guide me in the paths of life. He desired that I would serve God and would even sign my elementary school yearbooks with notes expressing this desire. He pushed me to do things I was not always comfortable doing, and he held me accountable for my actions, even though I tried to blame everyone else, much like Adam did Eve. He would shake his head at my foolishness, and he would discipline with the “spanking stick.” I could not wait to get older to avoid this consequence, even though the “spanking stick” comes in various other forms as an adult. God still chastises those He loves.

I never noticed this growing up, but I did have a perfect Father. I had a Father who was there with me every step of the way. He was there day and night, and He was always available, even in the darkest of nights. He knew me better than anyone else, and He promised to never leave me or forsake me. He knew all of my faults and all of my shortcomings. He knew I would betray Him, but yet He promised to love me without any strings attached. I could not earn anymore of His love because He loved me perfectly and completely. He knew the sins I would ask forgiveness for over and over again, but yet He promised to forgive me and remember those sins no more. He shows mercy upon His children, and He pities us as He knows our frame and humble beginnings. He made us out of dust, and He knows to dust we will return. He is a perfect Father, and we should be forever grateful for Him and to Him.

Have you grown up with an imperfect earthly father? Did you grow up without a father? Did you ever wish for a different father? Have you considered your Heavenly Father? Have you forgotten about Him? Has He been a good Father to you? Do you know He loves you completely and perfectly? He cannot possibly love you more or less, as His love is perfect. I am grateful for the father God has given me in life, and I cannot imagine my life without him. Although I have a great earthly father, I have a perfect Heavenly Father who knew me before anyone else, and I will worship and praise Him for all eternity. Will you thank your Heavenly Father today? Will you praise Him for being a perfect Father? No matter what your earthly father may have been, you have been given a perfect Heavenly Father. Praise God for the Father He has been, and forever will be.

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