Your Everlasting Father
And His name will be called . . . Everlasting Father. ~ Isaiah 9:6
Christ - the Everlasting Father! This is what Jesus of Nazareth was talking about when He claimed deity. In the unity of the Godhead, He claimed equality with the Father. I had never thought of Christ as a “Father forever” until I read this verse! I do not comprehend how the Son can be the Father, but neither do I need to. The thought, however, brings me wondrous comfort. I understand that Christ will do for His children in eternity what a perfect earthly father will do for his own as long as he lives. The father image is used figuratively as both a protector and benefactor.
One of the problems we are wrestling with today is the breakup of the family structure. We live in a “world without fathers.” Many children lack a father who provides care, concern, and a protective nurturing relationship that draws an appreciative “Abba Father” - “my own dear Daddy” - from them. We need to preach biblical fatherhood, using the model of our Heavenly Father.
One day as I was speaking at a single parents’ gathering, three women, all in their thirties, came up to me. All were alcoholics and one had a daughter who was involved with drugs. All were in tears. “Do you give hugs?” one asked wistfully. I put my arms around her in response! Then I sat down and told them about their Everlasting Father and assured them that “underneath (and all around) are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27)!
Lord, thank You for being my father, my refuge. So many times I come to You in prayer or find Your refreshing, wise counsel in Your Word! Help me to point others to Your everlasting arms when they are in need of the comfort only a father like You can provide. Amen.