For some people growing up, father meant provider. In these homes, family members felt protected, safe, and loved. For many others growing up, father meant absent, abusive, or addicted. And in these homes, family members did not have a loving example of a father.
Did you know there’s an abundance of names for God in the Hebrew language depicting exactly who he is to us? Jehovah Jireh, Lord my provider, Jehovah Nissi, my banner or my victory. Jehovah-Shalom, my peace. And finally, Abba, or father.
Regardless of which father figure you had growing up, as believers, God is ready and willing to be whatever you need at this moment – Provider, victory, peace, or friend.
Maybe your dad passed and all you feel during this holiday is that loss. Or maybe you’re a dad who feels inadequate and overwhelmed while raising young kids. There are many facets to the name Father for many of us. But at Stand in the Gap Ministries, we pray you find comfort in the one truth that remains for all of us – God the Father is good.
We encourage you to celebrate HIS role in your life this weekend. Happy Fathers Day, friends.