God’s Fatherly Responsibilities
Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 64:8
“O Lord, you are our Father.”
What does it mean in everyday life that God is our Father? Let me suggest five fatherly responsibilities that God has assumed toward his children.
God provides for us. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NIV).
God protects us. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31, NIV).
God encourages us. “You hear, o lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Psalm 10:17, NIV).
God comforts us. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV).
God disciplines us. “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10, NIV).
I realize, and can testify from my own experience, that there are times when it does not seem as if God is doing any of these things. There are times when it seems as if he has forsaken us. At such times we need to lay hold of such promises as “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV). God in his own inscrutable way is always at work to fulfill his role as our perfect heavenly Father. (Excerpt taken from The Gospel for Real Life)
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges