What word describes God to you? Father is how He wants us to think of Him. For some of us the word father is endearing. We have precious memories of our earthly father. For others, the word father leaves a nasty taste in their mouth. For them the memory of their father is one thing they try so desperately to forget.
For them, they always felt they could never measure up to their father’s approval. They were always trying to get his attention … Always searching for his affirmation … Always feeling rejected. Some people never knew their father, so they had no relationship with him.
If God posted a Want Ad, it would probably read something like this: “I’m looking for people who are feeling inadequate, mediocre, struggle with low self-esteem, feeling rejected, confused about who they really are, abused emotionally, abused physically, pushed aside from society, misunderstood, feeling they don’t have a voice, struggle with depression, struggle with abandonment, struggle with resentment and anger, struggle with trusting people, etc.”
For many of us, this is exactly how we came to God. We were torn, jacked up, tired and at the end of our rope. And because our relationship with our earthly father was jacked up, we took a long time to come to God. We were unsure if we could trust Him. We didn’t really believe God could truly love us just as we were. We found it hard to believe that God would accept us just as we were. We were so use to putting on the mask for other people to fit in, we felt that if God really saw the real person, He would reject us too. So we went through life thinking we had to get ourselves together first, and then we would be ready and fit to come to God. We thought we had to earn His love. And this is the lie that we passed on to the next generation, our children.
The love of God is unconditional. No matter what we do … He loves us. No matter how many times we mess up … He loves us. He adopted us. We may not measure up to the standards of society … but God loves us. In the midst of our pain, He will be our Savior, Healer, and Redeemer. He wanted us so much that He was willing to pay the price for us on Calvary.
Romans 8:15, Gal. 4:1-7, Eph. 1:5, Psalm 51:17, Matt. 11:28-30