From the very beginning, the Father has desired a people to emerge who express Him. If there has ever a believer in people, it is the Father. He created us, after all, and thus knows and understands us better than we do ourselves. Stories abound, both in the Bible and throughout history, that clearly reveal how much the Father loves and cares for us. His love stands out even in the midst of correction. Our attitude, behavior, and response to the Father reflect how we see Him. Our perception of the Father determines how deeply we allow Him into our lives.
Israel’s journey from the land of bondage to freedom in Canaan was characterized by many demonstrations of the Father’s supernatural power. No other nation at any time in history has witnessed anything similar. The Father protected them against foreign nations, provided their daily food (manna) for 40 years, and sustained them in such a way that in all that time their clothes and sandals did not wear out. Most of all, the Father’s glory was among them daily. Whenever they moved, the Father was in their midst in visible form as either cloud or fire. This in itself should have been an anchor for their faith from generation to generation.
The history of ancient Israel is an incredible narrative. From start to finish it is the story of God’s gracious and powerful dealings with His people. Never was He unfaithful to them. Never did He mislead them. Never did any of His promises to them fail. And all of this in spite of the people’s repeated failures and unfaithfulness. Despite all the Father’s amazing acts on their behalf that they witnessed, they still veered away to the worship of idols. Regardless of His faithful provision for their needs, they still complained and murmured. No matter what the Father did for them, they were never satisfied. They were misled by their own faulty viewpoint based on a worldly approach to life.
Even though times have changed and we today are more advanced then they in many ways, we as a people still face the same predicaments. We see the Father move in our lives; we experience breakthroughs; we never lack for provisions; yet we still murmur and complain and allow ourselves to gravitate toward a worldly viewpoint. The Father, in His love, asks us, “Have I ever been unfaithful, disloyal, or dishonorable to you?”
Let the record state from generation to generation that the Father is forever faithful, righteous, and just. He will never ever stop being just. When true fathers emerge and take on the heartbeat of the Father, they start to exhibit the very same characteristics of the Father: faithful, righteous, and just. As the ones they lead start to see that consistency of lifestyle, they too start to function that way. The reason people are led astray is because fathers (leaders) bail in their relationship with the Father to follow their own hearts. This dereliction has caused voids in families and relationships and led to idolatry of many kinds. But let it be known that our Father searches for a generation of fathers who will represent Him well. Let us never be a generation of whom the Father asks the question of injustice, and let us never impart a wrong spirit to the people around us. Rather, in humility and the fear of the Lord, let us be a devoted and honorable people before our Father.