What Happens When God Is Your Father by Imeh David

In everyday sense, a father is a man in relation to his child or children; one who gives care and protection; one who encourages, nurtures and teaches. In essence, a father is a man who is always there for his child or children, no matter the circumstances.

Before we talk about the fatherhood of God, let’s start with this heart-touching story of a father who was always there for his son.

In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Geographically, Armenia is located between Europe and Asia. Linguistically, it is more a European country. Current population as at July 12, 2020 is very close to 3 million people.

Samuel squatted before his son and looked at him in the eye, and said to him, “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a great earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties.

Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he arrived, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying. 

Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble. He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.

One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?”  “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble. Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?” The worker left and Samuel kept digging.

All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging. Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!” Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again. Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa.”

Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally he could see his son. “Come on out, son!” he said with relief. “No,” Armand said, “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.” Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”

Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.

If an imperfect, human father, Samuel, can be there for his child to this extent, how much more the most loving, perfect God?

As a matter of fact, God has general love and general provisions for all; that’s why all humans can breathe the air He created; enjoy the rains He forms, and access the gift of life itself.

To this extent, God doesn’t discriminate against any person, race, nationality, skin colour, or sex. That’s why He says in Ezekiel 18:4, “Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the soul who sins shall die.”

Great truth is this, much as God is the Creator of all persons, yet He’s not the Father of all. He’s a Father only to all those who accept Him as such. He doesn’t force himself as a father on anybody. All He does is that He woos and beckons on everyone to give Him a chance to come into his or her heart, “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways” - Proverbs 23:26.

But since He’s Spirit and is holy, He wouldn’t get into a non-spiritual, defiled heart. God can only get into a spiritually cleansed, purified, and sanctified heart. Interestingly, only one thing in the whole world can acceptably cleanse the heart and purge the conscience of man, and that is the blood of Jesus Christ. It was for the sake of that undefiled blood that has the power to cleanse man’s heart that God sent Jesus into the world.

What do we do to get our heart cleansed?

We’ve got to accept the peace and reconciliatory work Jesus did between God and man through shedding His blood as atonement to appease God for our sins, cleanse our heart and purge our conscience from all evil works. Hebrews 9:14 clearly states this truth, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Incredible gains of having God as your Father

(1) God comes to live or dwell inside you: After you accept Jesus and believe in the cleansing power of His blood over your heart, God comes to live inside your purged heart. That’s what He means in Revelation 3:20 when He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Jesus further indicates this in John 14:23 thus, “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.’” Can you imagine the president of your country living in the same house with you? How much more God, the Creator of heaven and earth living inside you!

(2) You’ll have peace with God and with yourself: No amount of money can buy peace with God and with yourself. This is an eternal blessing or gain. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” - Romans 5:1.

(3) God, your heavenly Father, will always be there for you in all circumstances: If an earthly father, Samuel, could risk all to be there in very difficult circumstances for his young son, Armand, until he removed him alive from the piles of debris of a collapsed building, how much more would God, your heavenly Father, go to every and any extent to care for you, protect you and your family, supply you good health, and give you breakthroughs in business, career, and finances?

In Matthew 7:9-11, He really brings this assurance to bear thus, “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

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