(This week’s post is by guest blogger, David Roper.)
I used to believe I had a dad. In fact, when I was younger, I thought I could see him and thought I talked with him and he with me. But I’ve learned that’s just kid stuff.
You see, some time ago, my father moved away and I can’t see him anymore. Since that happened, I’ve been giving the matter a great deal of thought and I’ve decided I don’t really have a father.
Oh sure, I get letters that are supposed to be from him, but how do I know they are reallyfrom him? Someone could be forging his handwriting and the letter carriers are probably supporting the deception to protect their jobs. And the phone calls? Perhaps voice impressionists hired by the phone company.
What brought about this change of mind? I suppose it started when I met a man with a lot of degrees. He said nobodybelieves in fathers anymore. He told me that scientists are now convinced that fathers are not really necessary, that we can come into existence without them. As proof that there are no fathers, this very educated man cited the problems that many families have.
Well, that made me think. I started remembering that my dad didn’t always give me everything I wanted, even when he could. I especially remembered one time when I wanted something specific so very badly—and he said, “No.” I begged and I pleaded, my heart was breaking, and he still said, “No.” I ask you, who could believe in a father like that?
I admit I sometimes miss the comfort of believing I have a dad, but I guess that’s part of the pain of growing up. Really, I look with pity on those poor uninformed individuals who still believe they have fathers. No, I don’t believe in dad anymore.
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The above sounds silly, right? But I’ve heard the same reasoning from those who say they no longer believe in their heavenly Father. Just make a few substitutions, such as “preachers” for “letter carriers,” and you’ll see what I mean.
Can you no longer “see” your Father? Look around and above you. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). Would you know Him? Read the Bible, His “love letter” to you, which carries His imprint on every page. Has He ever said “No” to your prayers? Realize He still loves you and will ultimately cause “all things to work together for good to those who love” Him (Romans 8:28).
“There is . . . one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4, 6). “We had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:9).