The Love of a Father

And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” ESV Matthew 3:17

Thirteen years ago today I became a father. Like any other father, I’ll never forget that moment. My son came into the world early on a Sunday morning, in a quiet room at the Maternity Center in Bethesda. I’ll never forget holding him that morning and drinking in the feeling of being a father. Unlike many fathers, I didn’t have strong emotions at first. I’m a relational person, and with each of my kids, my feelings for them have grown as they have grown and our relationship deepens. My son and I have talked extensively since he was eighteen months old, and our relationship has deepened significantly. He is growing into a wonderful young man and I couldn’t be prouder of him.

I’m thankful God designed human life to reflect spiritual reality. Reading this morning that God declared Jesus His beloved Son in whom He was well-pleased, I could relate to that. As a father, I have two beloved sons and I’m incredibly pleased with each of them (and with my amazing daughters as well). Because God chose to allow us to reproduce….to allow me to have sons, I can understand Him a bit better. This deepens my spiritual formation and ultimately my relationship with God. When I reflect on the love I have for my children, I understand God’s love for Jesus (and apparently for us as well because Christ’s death and resurrection makes us adopted brothers with Him). Because I’m well-pleased with my children, I understand God’s pride in Jesus. He must have loved listening to Jesus speak, watching Him heal, and providing for His every need. It’s a joy that’s inherent in fatherhood. I’m thankful God has allowed me to participate in something that not only brings much joy, but also allows me to understand Him more.

If you are a father, you can directly apply this to your own life. If you aren’t a father, the principles remain. Because we are created in God’s image, we can relate to Him in unique ways. God is creator–and He allows us to create. When we create, we can relate to God in a unique way. God is love–and He allows us to love. When we love, we learn of God. May you relate to God deeply today.

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