Part 4 in a 5-part series on Isaiah 9:6
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
The word “father” brings different memories to different people. Maybe your father was loving and kind. Maybe he was absent while you were growing up. Maybe he was cruel and abusive. Maybe it’s hard to relate to God and the coming Savior described as a father in scripture.
If you struggle with relating to God as your father, consider Psalm 10:13-15, NIV:
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
God the Father is all the things we desire in a perfect father and so much more. Here are some truths about his character: He is a compassionate, loving, kind, faithful, and trustworthy protector and provider who delights in his children and will never leave them. If you struggle with the image of “father,” I pray that you will come to see our Heavenly Father as the antithesis of your earthly father and the fulfillment of everything you wish he could be.
At its most basic root, the word “father” means the originator or founder of an individual or family. This happens on two levels. Every human child conceived requires the physical presence of the male seed. Every person who is “born again” receives a supernatural, imperishable seed when they are adopted into the family of God. From 1 Peter 1:23 (NIV):
For you have been born again,
not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,
through the living and enduring word of God.
That’s what “born again” means – for the seed of God’s word to take root in your life, to receive his Spirit marking you as his own, and thus be adopted into his family. God is the originator not only of the physical human race but of the family of those who seek to be reconciled in relationship to him by grace through faith in his son Jesus Christ. From John 1:12-13 (NIV):
Yet to all who did receive him,
to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God —
children born not of natural descent,
nor of human decision or a husband’s will,
but born of God.
You can’t turn apples into oranges…and you can’t turn sinful, rebellious people into God-glorifying human beings without a major change in DNA. It takes a whole different seed sprouting from a brand new heart. From Ezekiel 11:19 and 36:26:
I will give them an undivided heart
and put a new spirit in them;
I will remove from them their heart of stone
and give them a heart of flesh.
And best of all, it’s forever. That’s what Everlasting Father means. Perpetual, without beginning or end, eternal, continuous. We are adopted forever into the family of God and nothing can change that. He is our abba father, now and forever, and nothing can separate us from His love.
…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39, NIV)
Will you rest in that great love today?