“A Good Good Father”

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

If you are familiar with contemporary worship choruses you probably started humming the music to Chris Tomlin’s song as soon as you read the title of this devotional.  This popular chorus proclaims a fundamental truth about God.  But, in a world where no earthly father is perfect, what does it mean to say that God is the ultimate Father?

Although we could answer this question in many different ways, I find Christ’s teaching gets right to the heart of the matter.  In Luke 11, He instructs His disciples on how to pray and then follows it up with a brief story which features a comparison between two fathers.  In verse thirteen Jesus concludes the comparison by stating, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  The point Jesus is making is that earthly fathers, even though they are sinners, have a natural desire to provide what is best for their children.  So why would we expect anything less from our Heavenly Father who is holy, righteous, and perfect?  But here’s the catch — these words of assurance in Luke 11:13 are only applicable to those who belong to Christ and are walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit.

As you celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, give thanks for your earthly father and other men God has brought into your life who provide you with encouragement and support.  At the same time, remember that there is only one perfect Father and only He has the power to supply your deepest needs as you turn to Him in prayer.  That God is “A Good Good Father” is worth proclaiming every day because it is absolutely true!