God as a Father

My first trip to Haiti was incredible and was so much more than I was expecting. Having been on missions trips before, I was expecting some general things: I was expecting that devotional time would be powerful, that the children would be amazing, and that I would cry a lot. What I didn’t expect, however, was that God would show me a fundamental part of his character.

The fundamental part of God’s character that he showed me was who he is as a father. Yes, yes. I know. We’re all God’s children. I grew up singing the song too. But knowing about God being your Father versus actually experiencing the revelation of his love for you as a Father is an entirely different experience. On my first trip to defend the orphan, I saw God as a Father in action everywhere I went. I saw the Father in the older men on our trip, I saw the Father in the faces of every nanny and pastor, and I saw the Father in the sweaty, unrelenting hugs from children. God is so good, so intimate, and so involved that he knew exactly what I needed at the moment I needed it. And it gets better. In every subsequent trip I’ve taken to Haiti, I’ve gotten to see how God fills the deficiencies in lives of hungry believers desiring to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. Some get to see God the majestic Creator, others experience God the miraculous King, and still more see God the humble Savior.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been noticing a particular trend with God: whenever there is a deficiency in one of his children, he likes to fill it. Now, he’s been doing this much longer than the past few weeks, but I’m just getting around to realizing it is on a regular basis. Let me give some examples of what I’m talking about. When there is a person who needs healing, God is quick to heal and provide recovery. He said he would do it in the Word, so he does it. Whenever someone needs encouragement, God is quick to send another person to encourage. God said that “a brother is born for adversity,” so he sends a willing vessel. Whenever someone needs provision, God is always faithful to provide. He told us to test him and see if he “would not open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings we cannot contain” when we bring him his tithe. Through my time observing the Lord at work, I’ve realized that these deficiency-filling actions all seem to stem from one common place: God’s heart as a Father. Good fathers are good to their children, and God is a good dad.

So my question to you is this: how are you seeing God? What aspect of His character is he showing you? Are you consistently encountering the One who is ravished for you? Because the truth is, whatever “deficiency” you have, He’s willing and able to fill it.


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