“I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;
A fiery stream issued
And came forth from before Him.
A thousand thousands ministered to Him;
Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
The court was seated,
And the books were opened.”
They are everywhere! The unfathers. Some are even antifathers. But it’s best to focus on real fathers, not on destructive criticism concerning father figures we may know.
Jesus Christ is the only one who can show us the Father heart of God. His entire life was spent making God the Father known among us.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” (John 14:1-11)
Jesus is the Way to the Father
Ray Stedman said, “There is only one way to God, Jesus said so. Come to Jesus and he will get you to the Father.”
“Even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. However, there is not in everyone that knowledge...” (1 Corinthians 8:5-7)
God Champions the Fatherless
Psalm 68 is especially revealing concerning the Father Heart of God:
“Let God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away,
So drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Extol Him who rides on the clouds,
By His name Yah,
And rejoice before Him.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” (Psalms 68:1-6)
James Fielder. A special friend of for two decades, comments on “fathers:”
“When discussing fathers, there is a common misconception of another "type" of father and/or God, in America. Many of us were raised spoiled with fathers who gave us "lots of stuff".
Middle class Americans over the past 60 years, often have homes where they live "good"—no hunger, a cool house, new car, etc. This creates a distorted image of "father"—father as giver. Or the gov't as "giver". “God gives money, food, etc, and God does not bring harm or hurt.” Yet the Apostle Paul was naked, beaten, left for dead...
The real God is sovereign and does as He pleases. Just because a person dies naked and starves to death doesn't mean he is not saved. I don't know how to write about it, I don't know enough of the thought processes. We don't know how to face or overcome "too much" or "prosperity.” In some way this mindset leads to our "prosperity gospel" culture. In others who stay agnostic or atheistic life is often good till they say. For them the world is "good", mother earth is good, earth provides, the corporation is "god.” Such thinking is delusory.
There is also the reverse "side" of God: performance orientation and penalties: “If you don't believe, you will burn.” This emphasis on the wrath of God can be a terrifying vision, but accurate in some aspects as indicating an important aspect of the heavenly Father’s nature. He is holy and we are not. There are consequences for all our actions. (See The Consequence Engine http://www.ldolphin.org/consequence.html).
There needs to be some balance in discussing personal evil. For example “it is not all your father's fault, you are evil to the core.” “Fixing" your father-memories won't in itself get you to heaven. Blaming one’s father for your own bad choices self-will just help get you to hell, perhaps for all eternity.
There is also the case of the "nonbeliever father" who taught you the path to hell. We are not inexorable lost because we were falsely taught lies, "learning" some path that leads to damnation.
The image of the Loving Father, a God who will "fix you here and now” is not a complete picture. He will fix you for eternity, on earth you won't be completely fixed, you may may be called to keep suffering til you die. The type of suffering you may be called to bear may change as you age—you may get broke, grow poor or whatever, but God the Father does necessarily make "earth life" life beautiful and trouble free as if we were already in heaven.
Also to be noted: The world (system) is hostile to mankind. We who seek to know God live out or lives in an unfriendly place.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
“In real life followers of Jesus will be personally hated by nonbelievers, experience rejection, more abuse, and failure in the "world's" eyes. We are considered liars, thieves, guilty of every evil under the sun. The unseen demonic world will take the opposition side once a person believes and is saved. The prodigal son, the returning son, received a feast and a restoration back at home. He probably enjoyed a good life as long as he lived. But a newly saved person without a supporting family or friends may get poor, stay broke, and even get killed. Life can often get better for the prodigal son supported by his family. He has been unconditionally accepted back home. An orphan or discarded child may get just the opposite from this world, from his old family, or his work place, his life may become totally worse, totally alien to his previous life, an increase in rejection may ensue (not an increase in acceptance on earth). Real life this side of heaven may be a steady beating til you die.”
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)
Love is from God the Father
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4:7-21)Everyone on earth is loved by God. He does not desire that anyone should perish. Jesus shows us the way to the eternal Father.
Healing the Absent-father Woundhttps://goodmenproject.com/mentoring-and-volunteering/healing-the-absent-father-wound/
Understanding and Healing the Father Wound
What Is the Father Wound? By Jeff Eckhard
Five Surprising Ways the Father Wound Harms Women
Floyd McClung’s book The Father Heart of God is excellent.
Paul Winslow on the Godly use of Assets,http://www.ldolphin.org/assets.html
Jesus, the First Begotten Sonhttp://www.ldolphin.org/firstbegotten.html
December 28, 2018