When Your Earthly Father Fails You

Natalie Kunkel & Bethany Gehman

“A father to the fatherless is God in his dwelling place!” Ps. 68:5

While living in a world where sin still reigns rampant, it is no surprise that today is a sad and hard day for the vast amount of people who have had to face absence, abuse, neglect, unmet expectations, death, etc. from their earthly fathers.

For the last 10 years, Father’s Day has looked very different for us. Our father passed away of a sudden heart attack when we were teenagers and for every Father’s Day following that we have had to live with the sting that this day is no different than any other day.

So today on Father’s Day we want to encourage those who are feeling this pain. No matter if you have a wonderful or terrible father, the truth is that every earthly father is going to fail you in a small or big way at some point but we have a much greater hope in a Heavenly Father who will NEVER fail you!

Though our earthly father has failed us through death, we can look onto our Heavenly Father whose love for us is unending, unfailing, and unfading! Oh what sweet hope is in our perfect Father who is gracious, merciful, faithful, and abounding in steadfast love and kindness!

The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.” Deuteronomy 1:30-31

This verse is a reminder of a father lovingly carrying his children.  It is not a burden for him and he enjoys helping and lifting them up.  Just as the Israelites were able to look back and see God’s faithfulness over the years, we are able to see how God has been sustaining us and carrying us through the difficult times.

So today we will praise our sovereign Creator, our faithful Heavenly Father even in our pain. For He is good and worthy of our worship! 

What a great truth we have to cling to today. God is our Father!  “A father to the fatherless is God in his dwelling place!” Ps. 68:5


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