Meet The Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world is starving for fathers.

I have tasted it in my own life— the insecurity of the orphan. Even though I have a wonderful father and mother, I have lived most of my life searching for someone to make me sure, someone to answer the question, someone to relieve the ache, someone to settle my haunting crisis of identity.

It’s not just my crisis. Everywhere I look I see it. I live in a world that is desperate to know Dad. It surrounds us, engulfs us, this crisis of identity. It is the overwhelming battle we all face. From the tent cities in Haiti to the house down my street, from the orphanage in China to the Sunday morning service around the corner, humanity is living in the ache of fatherlessness. We are in crisis.

“From the orphanage in China to the Sunday morning service around the corner, humanity is living in the ache of fatherlessness.”

(click to tweet)

It was evident in my friend’s seventy-year-old grandfather when she witnessed his gut-wrenching weeping after he heard the news of the death of a father he had never even met. I saw the haunting in the eyes of the four-year-old girl being held by a hurting mother on the front porch while the little girl waved to her weekend daddy as he drove away. I heard it in the voice of a young man of God who leads a small group and is passionate about his faith. It’s evidenced in the lives of the rich and the poor. And while it’s an obvious issue for those who have not yet said yes to God, oddly it’s hardly less prevalent in the church. Humanity aches in the insecurity of fatherlessness.

It was Adam and Eve who did this to us. They cursed us to live in the desperate ache of insecurity. They took their God-given freedom, and yours and mine in the process, and they spit on it. They chose this hell. They chose to trade security for insecurity. They placed the law of need between our Father’s love and us. That’s what that stupid apple cost us. The knowledge of good and evil positioned humanity to live in the absolute and overwhelming reality of need. The moment they sinned, we all became orphans, stumbling along, scared and unsure, separated from God the Father. There have been days when I’ve hated them for it.

But “God (the Father) is love” (1 John 4:18). And He is always good. Two thousand years ago, something so remarkable happened that I can’t help but grin when I think about it. Jesus, God’s only Son, became Love in human form. Then He walked the earth sure in His Father’s love and He lived as the Father’s love perfectly revealed.

“I would like to suggest that our questions, longing, insecurity, and identity are forever answered, settled, satisfied, and secured in our revelation of God as Father.”

(click to tweet)

God has more names than there are ice cream flavors. He is the Creator, Shepherd, and Deliverer. He is Holy, Majestic, and Righteous. He is our Peace, Provider, Comforter, and Healer. He is Lord, King, Master, and Savior. The list goes on and on. And while Jesus certainly revealed all of these attributes, they weren’t His primary objective. He came for one reason: to reveal the Father. But why?

I would like to suggest that our questions, longing, insecurity, and identity are forever answered, settled, satisfied, and secured in our revelation of God as Father.

I have forgiven Adam and Eve; Jesus made that possible. He lived, died, and lived again so that we would no longer have to live as orphans. He settled the crisis of identity forever.


Jason Clark
is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YOU ALSO MIGHT LIKE…

There is No “Us” and “Them”

Many long to go back to the early days of the church, viewing those first few years as the high-water mark of what a church is meant to be. They weren’t. Not even close!

2020

Earlier this year I noted in a Newsletter the pioneering nature of our ministry and nothing’s changed. We have one passion, to reveal that God is love, looks like Jesus, and He is always good. It is our heart that everything we create is catalytic for an encounter with His great affection. We are daily dreaming and leaning into this grand dangerous, beautiful discovery of His goodness. And we are shouting it from the rooftops along the way.

A Boy, A Puppy, And A Greater Faith

I believe God is always saying one thing: “I love you.” And He always follows up with a question, “do you believe me?” What would our lives look like if we could answer this one question that God is always asking?

AWAKE

I spoke with a warlord, traversed Antarctica’s wilderness, prayed with a slave, covertly filmed a protest in Tiananmen Square, laughed with a girl, and cried with an orphan after an earthquake devastated Haiti. I fell in love, had my heart broken, and encountered an even greater love.

In These Unprecedented Times… Is God In Control?

Could it be that the lie of sovereign control is beginning to be exposed on such a grand scale that it has become harder to swallow? Is it possible this phrase is being so exposed in these unprecedented times that it is finally ringing hollow?

Love Trumps

Jesus didn’t come to set us straight on how much we needed Him. That was abundantly clear from the moment Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. He came to give us access to love—receiving and giving, beholding and becoming.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!