Father God; September 3, 2019

Psalm 103:13-14 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

I have every line of this Psalm underlined, and it is rich indeed. I could preach for days on it! However, right now I’ll limit myself to these two verses. Right off the bat we encounter something that is problematical in modern society, because many men seem to have forgotten – or have never learned – how to be fathers. Biologically it is very simple to become a father. A few years ago I read of a man who had 17 children by almost as many different women, and he wasn’t about to support them all. He certainly didn’t have compassion on his children, as this talks about. Even in what are called “intact” families, many fathers struggle to relate rightly to their children, not only because of the pressures of modern society but because they weren’t raised with a valid example to follow. That has produced what has been called a “father wound” in very many people today. We are born with an innate need for not just a mother to birth and nurture us, but a father to “raise us up in the way appropriate for us.” (Proverbs 22:6) We need a father as a loving authority figure to give us boundaries and stability, and far too few people really have that. It is downright astounding when a person with such a father wound really discovers Father God and allows Him to heal them. All sorts of things are turned around and bondages are released. That said, there is one more thing here about Father God specifically, and that is what it says in verse 14. Human fathers can know their children only to a degree, because every human is an individual, and besides, we don’t even know ourselves perfectly. However, God is our Creator; He has our original blueprints! He knows us better than we could ever know ourselves, and He treats us accordingly. He certainly knows our every weakness and He will not over-stress us, unless it is an area in which we specifically need to be broken. (1 Corinthians 10:13) We may not have a human father we can trust fully, but God is more than worthy of our total trust, and then some.

This is very applicable to me right now on a physical level, as I will be entering the hospital today for inguinal hernia surgery tomorrow. I have had x-rays and CT scans and other tests, but God knows exactly what the situation is, not just with my body but with every part of my being. The surgeon is young, but God is the Ancient of Days, and He certainly has no lack of either wisdom or skill. Likewise, Cathy isn’t used to being here without me, and she has anxiety about how to do various tasks. Not only do we have the convenience of cell phones, God certainly knows how to do everything, and He can guide her even in things I don’t know how to do! He has given us both this time as training in how to rest, relax, and rejoice, trusting Him with every detail and being fully obedient to everything He tells us to do.

Father, thank You for this encouraging Word this morning. I pray that Cathy and I would both walk in it fully, not just in this period of my hospitalization but for the rest of our lives, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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