Today, families come in all types. As a teacher, I have “seen it all,” I suppose. One of the really sad things about families these days, is their non-permanent nature. When someone in the family is tired of dealing with the problems and issues all families have, they leave – leaving a gaping hole that the kids are supposed to just accept and adapt to.
This is not what God intended for His children, and teaching kids about God as our Father is important when raising kids and “bringing Jesus home.”
God describes Himself over and over again as “Father,” or “our Father.” He also calls us, “His children.” In Isaiah 64:8 Scripture says: “But now, O Lord, you are our Father,”; Jeremiah 3:19 states, “You shall call Me, My Father, and not turn away from following Me.” And just one more here: Luke 11:13 states, “If you then, being evil, [sinful] know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give… to those who ask Him?” (Look for more verse references at the bottom).
God states in His word that He will never leave us. He will not use our sins and weaknesses against us, as a reason to leave us. He will not separate Himself from us for any reason. Satan has a nasty way of making us feel like we don’t deserve His love, and we often don’t pray about our sin and problems, when the first thing we should do, and God wants us to do, is talk to Him.
God is LOVE. He loves us purely and completely. Through Jesus, we are His “kids,” no matter how old we are. Our kids, and we as well, need to know we have a Savior we can trust completely. One who loves us and wants the best for us. One who will stand by us no matter what happens in our earthly family. Because He is our Father, and we are His children.
John 20:17; Romans 15:6; Matthew 6:9; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26; 1John 2:13; John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14