Consider your own family: Were you raised by loving parents or family members? (If not, you may have to put your imagination to work right now.) For a minute, just recall a time of your life or even one certain incident when you felt blissfully happy, loved, and protected by your mother, father, grandparent, aunt, or uncle. No matter how briefly that time lasted, if only in your mind, let that peaceful, warm, safe feeling fill your being. It’s a comforting thing to meditate on, isn’t it?
If your own parent or parents provided a loving, nurturing environment for you to grow up in, keep that idea in mind. If not, imagine what you would have liked your family to be during your childhood. With that in mind, let’s now consider the special relationship that any of us are able to cultivate with our heavenly Father.
Although we cannot see Him physically, it is very comforting to know that He is always there for us, willing to help with our problems, encourage us, teach us, gently admonish us, and most of all, to love us in a way that surpasses any other love. No matter what kind of people we are, He takes into account the unique personalities of all of his “children”. He doesn’t care if we are rich, poor, smart, young, old, sickly, or good-looking. He truly is a Father who will never abandon us if we keep allowing ourselves to be taught by Him.
James 1:17-18 (NKJV) says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” This is just one example in the scriptures showing what a faithful and loving Father He is.
A devoted father has the best interest of his children in mind at all times, just as Jehovah God has for us. His ultimate desire is for His children to take His instruction so that they can be given the perfect inheritance He has promised them. He expects us to obey His word, but it is truly for our good, because following His commandments can give us life forever.
In Hebrews 12:9-10 Paul wrote: “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; be he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.” Jehovah God didn’t give us a set of instructions that are impossible to follow, but rather ones that will help us live productive lives in this world with the hope of the perfect existence to come. And He is a very merciful Father, as evidenced in Job 33:27-30. If we recognize and admit to our wrongdoings, Jehovah patiently keeps helping us to improve as a loving father would.
Jehovah God is also the Father of Jesus Christ. If you read Proverbs 8:22-30, you’ll see how this marvelous relationship developed. Verse 30 says, “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him.” Together, Almighty Jehovah and his Son created the universe. What a lot the Father taught him during the eons that must have taken!
Much later, the Father sent Jesus to earth in the form of flesh and blood when he was born to Mary. While he was here, he taught his followers the things he’d learned of his Father, and eventually went on to become the Lamb that was sacrificed for all who desired to be made clean by that perfect blood that was shed. Galatians 4:2-7 says, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” That means we can be called the sons of God through Christ Jesus. What a remarkable inheritance that is! Hebrews 2:9-12 helps to prove this point even further. Verse 11 says, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” To sanctify means to purify or make holy.
If you read through chapter 17 in the Bible book of John, you’ll become familiar with many things about which Jesus prayed to his Father shortly before he was crucified. Take special note of verses 19-26. Jesus even prayed for those who would come to be born long after he himself died, including us. In verse 21 he asked, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (NIV)
The family ties we share with the Father and Son do not end there. Through that common faith, we also become brethren with the apostles, disciples, and others around the world who hold to the same hope that we do. In 1 John 1:1-4, John spoke of the bond that all believers experience together. Verses 3-4 say, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your (our) joy may be full." (NKJV)
So indeed, we really do have a loving, strong, and kind Father who looks out for us and cares greatly for us day after day, as does His dear Son, Jesus Christ. We have a bond with fellow believers as well, so we never need to feel like we are alone. The Holy Spirit that Jehovah sends also provides help and understanding so we can know that He is there for us. John 14:18 (NKJV) says, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." Our heavenly Father will never abandon us: "...For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)