When we call out to God, Our Father what are we looking for? Of course it would depend on the situation, right? We come to Him in our needs, in heartache, in pain, in despair, in anger, in frustration, in fear, in hostility, and rarely in thanks giving or praise.
When we think of earthly fathers are these the same reasons we come to them? Well, pretty much, as we get older it is even more true. In these situations, how do we expect God, Our Father to react? I believe, that we are looking for God to show us unconditional love, kindness, patience, forgiveness, gentleness, and possibly balance. We look to God to provide for us the best and to guide us in times of trouble and conflict. We come to Him with total surrender of our needs and wants and know that He will provide. Many times we question His decisions but in the long run we realize that He did have a better plan.
Men, who become fathers have a huge responsibility, they must be all these things to us–to their children here on earth. However, it is extremely hard for them, they are constantly fighting the battle against the evil one and the evil one is getting harder to ignore. Evil now is disguised in many forms and men must be able to see through all the veils that seem to hide evil. Simple things may seem innocent but may actual cause great harm to those he loves.
We must pray for all fathers that they may be given the gift of discerning what is truly best for their families and for them. That the truth be known to them, that we as wives and children be ready to follow them in their decisions and know that they are doing the Lord’s work here on earth. Preparing us for what God has called us to do. Life is hard and it will only get harder.
Join me in a novena in order to strengthen our husbands/fathers/brothers/ brothers-in-law/uncles. Nine days of prayers especially to honor them and their important role in the family.
“Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men, but, as the servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart, With a good will serving, as to the Lord, and not to men”
Ephesians 6: 6-7