Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Words to Stand On - A Father Who is Always There
Lately, I have been struck by the meaning of the names of God. His names are wonderful subjects to study. My favorite has long been "El Shaddai," the all-sufficient one, or the God who is more than enough.
During a recent sermon, a different name really resonated with me. (Don't you just love the thoughts that come to you during church?) The title "Everlasting Father" stood out to me. I've heard this scripture numerous times:
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
For some reason, "Everlasting Father" never registered with me. I'd focused on all the other names in that scripture but somehow I never saw that particular name.
I've always had a special relationship with my earthly father. In spite of the challenges we faced together regarding his alcoholism, he was probably my closest friend. Then his destiny was fulfilled and his time on earth was over.
I don't care how old you are, losing a parent is a hard thing. Losing your parents makes you feel like an orphan even if you are mature adult. You're alone. No one to call for advice or help in time of need.
But, wait! If you are a child of God, the reality is that you will always have a Father to call on. His resources to help are so much greater than any earthly father's could ever be!
I love how the New Century Version of the bible translates Everlasting Father - the "Father who lives forever!" As much as my daddy would have loved to stay and share life with me and help whenever he could, my Abba Father will always be there to do those things. I can count on it!
You can, too!
Thanks for joining me as I share Words to Stand On. If you'd like to share a word that is special to you, please feel free to leave a comment. I promise to respond.