God, as your father, cares for you.

“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!” -Hebrews 12:9

Father describes God well.

I’m not a father, but I know quite a few. And I’ve known many thoughtful, prayerful, perhaps even pacifist, fathers who never say a harsh word, except when they talk about protecting their family. I’ve known really gentle guys who have no qualms about doing almost anything to stop someone from hurting their wife or kids.

I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of someone else’s father.

On the other hand, having a father is great.

For some reason, when it comes to God a lot of us don’t make that connection. No one wants to get on the wrong side of someone else’s father. But getting on the wrong side of your own father is not such a scary thing–at least when you’re father is filling his proper role. It might involve discipline, and maybe some hard work, but it should not be scary.

It seems people forget that God is their father. Maybe it’s the fault of Christians, who call him ours and don’t clarify how that label includes every created person. Regardless of fault, if we can get this straight–if we can clarify that God is father of all–then people should have a lot less to worry about, and a lot more reasons to love their Creator.

God is not just a father. He is your father. And he cares for you like the best father would.