A few days ago, as I was celebrating my first Father’s Day as a dad, I wrote a post regarding how being a father helped me to better understand the love of our Heavenly Father… all true.
But then as I was reading updates from a few of my Facebook friends, I realized something… Father’s Day is a terrible day for those who don’t know the love of an earthly dad. Some of these posts were angry at a dad who had abandoned them or abused them. Some were covered in a sadness that can only be understood in the most personal of tragedies. Some of my friends, who I know have had issues with their fathers, were simply silent. And as I saw praises for the good ones out there, and greetings of “Happy Father’s Day” my heart broke for those who were hurting.
In the best of circumstances, no dad is perfect… but our Heavenly Father understands the brokenness that sin brings in all our circumstances, and He feels deeply for those who have that brokenness in their own homes.
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless. – Psalm 10:14
This verse represents a major theme in the Bible. It pops up in places like Deuteronomy 10:18, Isaiah 1:7 and throughout the prophets, and Christ came so that we all might be adopted as children of God our Heavenly Father. (Ephesians 1:3-6, et al) God always takes up the cause of those who are most hurt, and for those who are either essentially or actually fatherless – there is a perfect Father who loves us and takes our burdens on himself.
This may not take the pain away, but our God is stronger and greater and kinder than anyone could ever hope to be in our lives.