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God Our Father

posted Mar 27, 2020, 9:00 AM by Jacob Boer

Q. What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”?

A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them, who still upholds and rules them by his eternal counsel and providence, is my God and Father because of Christ the Son.

I trust God so much that I do not doubt he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends upon me in this sad world. God is able to do this because he is almighty God and desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.

 

I love my dad, but we haven’t always been close. Life wasn’t always easy and he worked hard, really hard, to make sure that we had everything we needed. There were lots of nights that he was busy in his workshop building furniture to sell so we could have a few extras once in a while. His hard work, I saw later on, was an expression of his love for us.

When I think of God as my father, the Father Almighty, as the Apostle’s Creed puts it, I used to often experience God as a not-so-close Father. I knew he loved me, and us, but it didn’t feel especially meaningful. That changed when I became a father myself and I experienced what a self-sacrificing love felt like. I was, and still am, willing to do almost anything to make sure my kids are safe and provided for. The problem is, that as they got older, they needed my protection less as they began to provide for themselves and I realized that they grew more mature when I let them learn through difficult times, more than when I tried to always protect them. It was hard to let them make bad choices and only be there to help pick them up and reassure them that it was going to be ok, that they always have a place to come to, a place where they will always be loved and accepted. Now I get better who God is as my father, and I also understand my own father better, and this has brought us closer over the years.

Thank you God for being our Father and for the fathers you place in our lives. For those whose relationships are strained with their earthly fathers, please bring restoration and peace.

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