My dad at 21 (who is now in Heaven)
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they (Matthew 6:25-26)?”
Some say we view our Heavenly Father through the lens of our earthly father. A sort of imprinting from their characteristics in how they raised us, whether generous, severe, distant, or approachable, your dad affects how you see God. Since we just honored our dads with Father’s Day it seems appropriate to comment on our Heavenly Dad.
Jesus described Dad as benevolent, valuing us more than all of His other creation (that incidentally, never worries; some say that man is the only creature who does worry). When the disciples were in danger of drowning, Jesus rebuked them for not trusting Dad, and quieted the tempest with a word (Mark 4).
Dad, far right, at his brother’s wedding.
Dad considers you precious and He will take care of you, even if your life isn’t as you think it should be because of real needs with money, your health, or maybe even your own father. Does Dad really see us as precious? Yes, definitely! Jesus goes on to say this,
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!”
My dad at 6 with his dad (not sure if he’s in Heaven)
What does this tell us about our Dad in Heaven? He loves us (or Jesus is a liar)!
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The key to claiming this promise is to put Dad’s interests first (He loves people), His kingdom (sharing the gospel with those people), and He promises to care for your needs. And if you are in the deepest pit, it doesn’t mean that Dad stopped loving you. Just look at the cross. Dad didn’t just say it, “He demonstrated His own love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” So come back! You are worth so much more than anything else Dad made. No worries!
My dad at 70 with my mom (also in Heaven)