By now, many of us know the Christ Tomlin song “Good, Good Father.” And in the light of Father’s Day, I thought it was be appropriate to share my favorite verses about God as our Father. Of course, there are countless verses so I thought I would stick with my 16 favorites since Father’s Day falls on June 16th.
1.Romans 8: 15
” For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Why? We’ve been adopted! We’re not just another created thing to God! The sacrifice of Jesus makes it possible for us to be accepted into the best family ever!
2.Galatians 4: 6
“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
Why? We’ve not just been adopted as some pity case. God calls us sons and daughters. I’m equal in inheritance.
3.Matthew 6: 6
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Why? God the Father cares about the secret things. He’s waiting in the secret place to hear the secrets that are too scary to share other places.
4.Matthew 5: 16
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Why? We have the privilege to be a representative of our Father. As we let the light of our Father shine through us, people see the best parts of us — the parts that have been transformed by Him. And they give the glory to Him!
5. Matthew 6: 26
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Why? God is big enough to take care of all the birds. He’s big enough to take care of me — the one He values most.
6. Matthew 10: 20
“For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
Why? God’s got my back. When I don’t know what to speak, He fills my mouth with His words.
7.Luke 6: 36
“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
Why? First, I like when things are clearly laid out. This is a clear directive — be merciful. Second, it’s even more proof that God is merciful.
8. Luke 11: 2
“And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your” name. Your kingdom come.”
Why? We get to go straight to the source. We can direct our prayers to the Father.
9.Luke 12: 32
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Why? He wants to give us the kingdom! He’s made up heirs and benefactors of a heavenly kingdom. His kingdom is my kingdom.
10.1 Corinthians 8: 6
“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
Why? This one helps me to remember that everyone (even the people I don’t like) are His also. He created them. The world may have warped what God intended for God but He loves them no less. And now, it’s only by His grace that we are all still breathing.
11.Ephesians 1: 3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places”
Why? God doesn’t just give earthly blessings. He’s given us spiritual ones too!
12.Ephesians 2: 18
“For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”
Why? The “him” is Jesus and because of Jesus, I can be adopted, accepted, and have access to the Father anytime and anywhere.
13.Ephesians 4: 6
“…one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Why? I may not understand many, many things but God is still God over it all. It may not always be easy to remember or believe this but I hold this promise close and it’s always been proved right.
14.Colossians 1: 12
“…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”
Why? In light of history, I’m not really anyone amazing but God doesn’t disqualify from the inheritance. He calls me qualified!
15.2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.”
Why? God the Father loved us before we even breathed our first. He offered Jesus so we could have comfort, hope, grace, and be established in good works.
16.James 1: 17
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Why? God doesn’t give bad gifts. Every good thing is from Him. And I don’t need to worry that tomorrow He’ll change His mind — He never changes.