Posted by Murray Smith

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

There is something that changes in us forever when we have the privilege of holding a baby that is ours, for the first time. We are faced with the vulnerability and power of the gift of life with often uncontainable emotion and protectiveness. Suddenly each moment of a day is too precious to let slip by without being grateful for this new life we have been entrusted with. Could it be that God the Father also unreservedly dotes over us the same way we do as parents over our newborn babies? Psalm 139 suggests that He does.

In the real world, however, fathers soon discover the responsibilities of family protection and provision and are quite often overwhelmed by them. Babies soon become boys and girls and before we know it family life is full of fun but also of stress and struggle. It is not difficult for fathers to feel like failures.

Today dad is a reminder that your value is not defined by your profession or your proficiency as a father, but primarily by what God thinks of you. And God loved you enough to make you in His Image, placing deep within your being the capacity to respond to His love today – you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Part of this God-shaped reality within your being is God’s desire for you to come to grips with your own vulnerability. You cannot be a good father on your own, it is impossible to accomplish this in your own strength; that is the way God has designed family reality. Paul put it this way, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”So dad you really do need to know today that many dads often do feel like failures, so you are not alone. You do however also have a perfect heavenly Father who understands your weakness and failures and waits for you to invite Him into the fun, as well as the stress and strain.

Prayer: Loving Father thank you that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that you completely understand my failure as a father and do not reject me. Today I put my hope and trust in you to guide me into being a good father.