If you’ve ever heard the phrase “the father’s heart” then you’ve probably hit one or two different sterotypes or assumptions about the Father’s heart.
Worst case scenario – You had a bad relationship with your earthly dad and this brings up all kinds of not cool kinds of thoughts and emotions for you.
Best case scenario – you had a great relationship with your earthly dad and you sub-conciously think of your Heavenly Father as a bigger, more powerful verison of your earthly dad.
Most the rest of us scenario – your earthly dad wasn’t perfect, he mad mistakes but he was basically a good dad. This means that you think of God as a generally good guy who will from time to time allow bad things to happen through innatention, misunderstanding or just being human.
here’s the problem with all of these: God isn’t human. Your heavenly Father isn’t human. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. What we know is that our heavenly Father will not give us a stone when we ask for eggs and he won’t give us snakes when we ask for bread. We know that he loves us, and that he loves us with such passion and ardor that it took 66 books and 6,ooo years for it all to get written down. We know that He has plans to give us a hope and a future. We know that there is no place we can hide from his love or gaze. We know that his love and mercy extend to us wherever we are. We know that there is a place prepared for us in his house and we know that nothing, neither height nor depth, nor angels nor demons can seperate us from the love of God we have through Christ Jesus.
And yet there’s something special about the Father’s heart that all the promises and all the knowledge and all the bible memorization in the world can’t explain. I pray we all get the chance to have that revelation buried deep in our hearts.