“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them,
and a voice from the cloud said,
‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Listen to him!’”
Matthew 17:5 (NIV)
“The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”
John 8:29 (NIV)
Recently I read a book (Faith of the fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism) written by a professor of psychology in which he examined several major thinkers who denied a personal God. All of them had a broken relationship with their own father through death, neglect or abuse.
The same professor of psychology then looked at several highly influential people in history who did believe in a personal God and found they all had a warm and satisfying relationship with their fathers while growing up.
Certainly some people who had abusive fathers have grown up to love their Father in heaven. Also some children who had loving fathers have grown up to deny the God of their parents. What is fascinating is the high number of very influential thinkers who deny God who also had a poor image growing up of what a father ought to be.
A wonderful set of verses are the ones I chose for today. We grow spiritually as we meditate on the relationship between the Father and the Son. The Father publicly confessed His love for Jesus and told the disciples to listen to Him.
For His part, Jesus expressed His obedience to the Father and indicated His appreciation for the Father’s constant presence with Him.
We earthly fathers all know we cannot be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect but we still seek that perfection that we see in the relationship between the Father and Jesus.
Perhaps today we parents need to tell our children we are well pleased with them. Certainly many fine mothers and fathers I know do exactly that again and again even with their adult children. I do not believe we will overdo it as parents if we tell our children we love them regularly, even daily if the child still lives at home.
Today would be a good day to tell your parents or children how much you love them and why you love them. Share your love for your family with them today. Do it in words as well as actions. The growth in your relationship from this will bless all of you. It is the godly thing to do.