Theme of the Week: God Our Father
Bible Verse: A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. Psalm 68:5 NIV
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:1-14
Every day there are thousands of children who are growing up in homes without a dad.
For so many, dads represent strength, protection, provision, safety, encouragement, and stability. Dads teach us right from wrong. They teach us the importance of hard work and commitment. Dads shape our identities and offer us friendship.
When I was in the third grade, I had a friend whose dad died of cancer, and I cried for him. I tried to imagine what it was like for him to grow up without a dad.
I know that for so many, not having a dad can be a huge disadvantage in life. This breaks God’s heart so much that he offers himself to fill that void. When the Psalmist tells us that God is a father to the fatherless, he’s telling us that God is everything that our earthly fathers are supposed to be for us… and more!
One of the main reasons why Jesus came into this world was to bring us back into God’s family. The most tangible way we can experience God’s love and the importance of a strong and loving male influence in our lives is through the church.
The church is the place where we can not only find men who can be that positive male role model and mentor in our lives, but it is also the place where we can be that father figure to those who are fatherless.
Do you have a mature male in your life who represents God’s love to you? Are you coming alongside the fatherless in your community to show God’s love to them?
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