My father once admitted to me, “When you were growing up, I was gone a lot.”
I don’t remember that. Besides working his full-time job, he was gone some evenings to direct choir practice at church, and he occasionally traveled for a week or two with a men’s quartet. But for all the significant (and many small) moments of my life he was there.
For instance, when I was 8, I had a tiny art in an afternoon play at school. All the mothers came, but only one dad –mine. In many little ways, he has always let my sisters and me know that we are important to him and that he loves us. And seeing him tenderly caring for my mom in the last few years of her life taught me exactly what unselfish love looks like. Dad isn’t perfect. but he’s always been a dad who gives me a good glimpse of my heavenly Father. And ideally, that’s what a Christian dad should do.
At times earthly fathers disappoint or hurt their children. But our Father in heaven is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. When a dad who loves the Lord corrects, comforts, instructs and provides for the needs of his chiildren, he models for them our perfect Father in heaven.
By Cindy Hess Kapser
A trial has just ended and the reactions to the verdict could not be more different. The family of the alleged murderer celebrates the declaration of a mistrial due to a legal technicality. Meanwhile, the grieving parents whose daughter has died wonder about a justice system that would allow such a decision. As they stand weeping before a mass of microphones and cameras, they exclaim; “Where is the justice in this? Where is the justice?”
We’ve seen this scenario played out in the news or on TV crime dramas. We instinctively long for justice but cannot seem to find it. The wisest man of his day, Solomon, faced a similar frustration and disappointment. He saw that imperfect human beings could never administer perfect justice. He “wrote ;” I saw under the sun: In the place of judgement, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there”.
If all we trusted in were imperfect people, we would lose all hope. But Solomon wisely added “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
The search for justice can be satisfied only by trusting the God who is always just. —-Bill Crowder
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