I love my Daddy, and miss him very much. He has been in Heaven now for almost 2 ½ years. This morning’s verse has me thinking of him because it are so fatherly. Matter of fact, the next several verses are very fatherly. They, however, are not speaking of my earthly father, but my Heavenly one.
No, the word “father” isn’t found in this verse at all. But look closely. Father is there.
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous…”
I was a daddy’s girl. I still am! I trusted Daddy a lot. He was such a great protector. Now I watch my little girl and her Daddy growing in their relationship. For the most part, she pretty much has him wrapped around her finger.
One time, Michaela was eating dinner and suddenly started choking and gagging. I was calm and dealt with it with a level head. Daddy went all to pieces. We ended up taking her to the emergency room. How fast did Jason drive on the way to the emergency room? 80 mph! That was his little girl and he would do anything to protect her.
Daddy is like a bulldog when it comes to his little girl. When Ben, her older brother, picks on her it’s all fun and games… until she gets hurt. Then the bulldog comes out in Daddy. He has a careful, watchful eye on her. If anyone wants to harm her, they will have to go through him first!
Now let’s think about our Heavenly Father. He has watchful, careful eyes over us. Guarding and protecting. If anything wants to harm us, it has to go through Him first. So what do we have to fear? Why do we allow ourselves to be controlled by fear and doubt?
“…His ears are open unto their prayers…”
Growing up, I knew I had my Daddy’s ears. No, not literally. He had one ear that stuck out farther than the other. It was cute. Now Gabriel, our youngest son, has that same trait. It is adorable. I don’t think it would be as cute on a girl, though. But I knew his ears were open to me. If I had a need, a fear, a heartache, a question… anything… he was there.
And we have our Father’s ears. They are open to us. He loves to hear from us. Why do we neglect prayer so much? I should say, why do I neglect prayer so much?
“… but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
Did you ever get “the look” from your Dad? I did! Dad had a facial expression… a look… and when he gave that look, I knew I was in trouble! I knew discipline was coming.
In our family, I am the “drill sergeant.” Yes, that’s my nickname even. I tend to be strict and I am quick to discipline. I am able to some degree to give “the look.” Jason, my husband, is typically considered the softie. He plays with the kids and laughs and cuts up… but when he gives “the look,” the kids know their world is quickly coming to an end. You want to know whose “look” they fear the most? Daddy’s! There is just something about his authority that gives “the look” more power. Ignoring “the look” multiplies the coming discipline!
And God has “the look.” He sets His face against them that do evil. He knows how to get His children’s attention. How do we respond to “the look?” Do we continue doing what we are doing and ignore it?
I am so thankful for my earthly father. I am glad we had such a good relationship. I miss him. I also love watching my children and their relationship with Jason. But I am even more thankful for our relationship with the Lord. He is the perfect Father. I am glad He watches over me. I am thankful I have His ears. And I am even thankful that He loves me enough to correct me.