“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).
What made you happy while celebrating or remembering your father this past Father’s Day? When we collectively think of our fathers, most of us reflect back on them being loving, protecting, and comforting. Do those same adjectives make you envision someone else too? What about the Almighty Father? Since He has such deep compassion for us, we have all the more reason to rejoice in His goodness each and every day.
As Christians, we do not have to look very far in the scripture to truly see how much God loves us. We can turn to one of the most famous pieces of text: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). From this verse and other inspiring Biblical text, we are able to recognize that God’s love truly is revealed to us through Jesus Christ, poured into us through the presence of the Holy Spirit, and heartens us to love one another.
In David’s Song of Praise, we also see God as one who is a protector. David cried out, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me” (2 Samuel 22:2-3). As the Almighty Father, we have nothing to fear when we put our faith and trust in God. His hand is our protection from all obstacles, big or small. No matter what the issue is in our lives, he will never forsake us.
When we think about His compassion even more, we can further understand that God is always there to comfort us, especially in the Book of Psalms. “Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me” (Psalm 86:17). With this text, it is evident that God has not only comforted us in the past but will continue to do so in the present. If we are struggling in life and need a sign from Him, he will deliver. Are you facing challenges at home, work, or school? Go to God by casting all your burdens on Him in prayer. He will provide you with comfort to help ease your heart.
While there are many adjectives to describe our own fathers, we can all agree that God is loving, protecting, and comforting. In addition to these verses, we encourage you to do some more of your own reading of the scripture in the future to fully know how much compassion He has for us. After all, He’s a Good Good Father.