Can I Really Know God As Father?
Her comments came in response to one of my most popular post, Why I Made the Father Swap. After making my case for God as father she culminated her counter argument with the following statement.
“. . . While I rejoice in your love for Jesus Christ, that relationship is not the same as a relationship with your father…as it would not be the same as a relationship with your mother. Christ can never take the place of a real father in a child’s life . . .”
According to the Bible, she was right. God is a triune being consisting of God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each division of the Godhead serves a different role. It is not Jesus Christ who fulfills the role of father in the life of a believer, but God the father.
“. . . the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 (NIV)
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! . . .” 1 John 3: 1
“A father to the fatherless . . . is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalms 68:5
There are several verses in scripture that substantiate God the Father’s role. For this reason I agree with the reader because Christ is not our heavenly father but God the Father is. Despite this truth, many people believe God is unable to be a “real father” in the lives of those who were not fathered by an earthly dad.
It simply doesn’t make sense for an infinite God to commune with a finite and flawed individual, but it doesn’t have to make sense to be true. I get it. But it doesn’t have to make sense; neither you nor I, nor the reader have to believe it in order for it to be so; it is so.
From my vantage point there is a lot at stake if God can not be a father to all mankind; it is the equivalent of taking hope from the world. If we embrace this perspective many men and women would be doomed: handcuffed to their daddy aches for a lifetime.
Oh, you never knew your dad?
Your father died when you were just a kid?
Suck it up.
You never knew the love of your biological father?
Get over it.
I know that sounds harsh but essentially that is what people are left with if the idea of knowing God as father is just a fantasy. Left to fend for themselves people may look to heal their daddy wounds with insatiable success, unsatisfying relationships, and overwhelming addictions. The good news is there is hope.
Were you abused by your father?
You can know healing.
Have you been rejected by your daddy?
You can find acceptance.
Are you unknown by the man you love the most?
You can be known by God.
He is. . .
He is God.
So here is my counter to the reader’s comment. To say that God takes the place of a “real father” in a person’s life is too small of a description. God cannot be limited by our comprehension of the word father. He supersedes every connotation.
Even if we grew up with a wonderful dad, God remains undeniably the perfect father. He is unmatched in his love towards us. For every daughter desperately longing to know if she will ever experience the love of a father, God, the ultimate father, responds yes!
He is capable of fathering mankind. It seems crazy, impossible, and unlikely, but It is true.
We must trust in HIM and not the voice of reason. Reason communicates the same thing every time, “ This is impossible.” The truth is, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
Ask God to change your perspective of what knowing Him as father should look like. Believe against all doubt that you can be known and loved by an omniscient God. Pursue a relationship with God by reading His word, and spending time with Him in prayer. In time, I believe, you will come to know Him as father.