This Sunday during worship we sang the song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman. I was taken by this line, “You give and take away.” My immediate thought was that any good father understands this responsibility. When you’re raising your children, you give to them good things, and you take away the bad things. Children don’t always like what their father does for them, but a good father does what is good for them regardless.
As a father I carried this responsibility, and now I watch my son shoulder this responsibility. He’s a good father willing to make the tough, though at times unpopular, decisions. I recognize that none of us human fathers do this perfectly. Just ask our children. But our Heavenly Father, now there’s the perfect father.
Even though God is a perfect father, his children often complain. I think it’s because we don’t like the answer no. I know he’s a perfect father who cares for me, but it sometimes tries my faith to trust him when things don’t go my way.
I’m glad God is my father. He’s led me to a fulfilling life. He holds the line even when I kick and scream. I just have to trust him and remember that he has my best interest in mind.