God, of course.

God was the first father in heaven and He was the first father on earth. He fathered life from the beginning of life.

How can a human dad ever compare to the Father of all fathers? Is he supposed to?

My daddy was a good dad, but he wasn’t perfect. He had his faults like everyone else. He taught me how to look ahead and set my goals for a better tomorrow. He taught me how to be optimistic instead of looking at everything negatively, although I still struggle with that sometimes. He was the “rock” in our family and we could trust him to know the answers to how to “fix our problems.”

My thoughts of my dad are good. I know this is not true of everyone who may have not had a good earthly dad. I only remember one time that Daddy had to discipline or spank me. I remember him chasing me around the ottoman with a belt. He was holding my arm and I was trying to get away. Funny, however, I don’t recall why I was in trouble. Nowadays that may be considered abuse and kids will want to report their parents, but back in my growing up days it was called a spanking.

All the grandkids called Dad “Pop.” He was the best at cooking and serving others. He loved to see people love to eat. He adored his grandkids.

Dad went home to Heaven ten years ago on May 7, 2007. Rest in peace, Daddy, I miss you.  

In the beginning . . . God created . . .

So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.” Genesis 1:27-28a

The Bible teaches us that God created the world and people. We were made in His image. He created Adam first and then from Adam’s rib He created Eve. He was their Father. They had no other parents and no one to learn from but God their Father. Just like the rest of us, they rebelled and didn’t always listen to their Father.

Funny how we think we know more than our Father and want to do things our own way, just to later mess things up.

Why is God the Father
the greatest father of all?

 

God the Father has compassion.

Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13

God the Father has mercy and comforts.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3 

God the Father knows our needs.

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8

 

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Luke 12:29-31

God the Father wants to bless us.

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

God the Father knows how to discipline His children.

Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son. Deuteronomy 8:5

 

My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD or loathe His reproof, for whom the LORD loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12

God the Father forgives us.

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9:9

God the Father loves us. 

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

 

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1

God the Father chose us to be His children.

And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:18

 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

“In Christianity, God is addressed as the Father, in part because of his active interest in human affairs, in the way that a father would take an interest in his children who are dependent on him and as a father, he will respond to humanity, his children, acting in their best interests.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_the_Father

If your earthly father has disappointed you or abandoned you, then you can be comforted by knowing that God is our eternal Father. He will never disappoint us or leave us. We may feel disappointed at times because we don’t get what we want or feel God doesn’t hear our prayers, but God never leaves us. His plans are greater and higher than our thoughts and ways. His plans are better.

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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