God the FATHER
Fatherhood implies two main things: authority and affection. With this I think about my daughter. My wife and I are both in authority over her. But when Daddy gets upset, it’s a whole new realm of uh-oh. But my role is to give my daughter affection, too, so when I come home from work and she runs to the door screaming “Daddyyyyyy!” I drop everything in my hands and pick her up and give her affection.
God as father is a thought which can have meaning for everybody.
- Some of you have great Dads and you can look at your Dad and say “God is like that, only more so.”
- Some of you have been disappointed by your Dads over and over and over again. But you can look at where you Dad has disappointed you and be thankful that God will be very different.
- Others of you don’t know what it is to have a father. Maybe he left when you very young, maybe he died. But you are not abandoned. You have a Father in heaven.
To those who are Christ’s, the holy God is a loving Father; they belong to his family; they may approach him without fear and always be sure of his fatherly care and concern. God is a GOOD Daddy. If your Dad is awesome – awful – absent it doesn’t change who God is. God is a GOOD Daddy. And a GOOD Daddy provides.
God the PROVIDER
In Exodus 16, we see a story where God (the GOOD Daddy) provides for His children. They are complaining in the wilderness thinking they are going to starve. But God provides for their most basic needs with quail in the evening and manna in the morning. Every day. Their complaint was that Moses and Aaron were bad leaders. When in reality, the problem was they didn’t believe God was a GOOD Daddy.
This idea shows up in the New Testament, too, in Matthew 6.31-33, where Jesus says:  “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
God is a GOOD Daddy and a good Daddy provides for His family. This story shows that God provides not just once in a package deal, but all the time. We are sustained by God moment by moment. And because He is a GOOD Daddy, he loves to do this. And because a GOOD Daddy provides, God provided a way for us to have salvation through God the Son, which I’ll post about next week.