God Compares Himself to Fathers
In Psalm 103:13 “Like as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on them that fear Him.”
Listen to George Sweeting, a former president of Moody Bible Institute, in a sermon on fathers:
“Consider the word father. There is no more important word in any language. God even uses the word to describe Himself and His relationship to His people.”
Jesus taught us in the model prayer to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven….” (Luke 11:2).
Sweeting added, “Fathers, you stand symbolically in the same position over your family that God stands in over His people. You represent God to your family” (Special Sermons on The Family, page 91).
Jesus in a parable again compared earthly fathers to our heavenly Father: “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you (fathers) being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:11-13).
God compares Himself to human fathers not because earthly fathers are perfect, but because just as God the Father is the leader of the Trinity, so are fathers leaders in their homes. ~Dr. Tim White