Daily Devotional

June 20, 2019

Imperfect Dads

James 1:16-17
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


Written by: Matt Swartz

I am a father of three adult kids. They will tell you I am not perfect. A couple of Christmases ago, we were sitting around as a family. My son had just gotten married earlier that year and my kids were all sharing the highlights of my not-so-finest moments as a dad. It was hilarious and we were all laughing so hard that it was actually painful. I wasn’t offended by these stories because I am sober minded enough to know they were all true.

My father wasn’t perfect either. I know he loved Jesus, but he was pretty emotionally distant with my brothers and me. I can tell you he was a seismic shift better than his father. I pray my son will be a seismic shift better than me.

Here is the difficulty: We tend to project onto God our imperfect fathers. We struggle and wrestle with God because our natural human tendency is to take what we have experienced and assume that’s how God deals with us. And that is not true.

God isn’t like our human dads. James 1 says we have a different type of father in God. He is the type of father who only gives perfect gifts and never changes. He loves us with a perfect love. He can be trusted.

More Devo 6.20Thought of the day: You may have come from an absolutely horrible background and have wounds from your father that are far deeper than my wounds from my dad. If so, God wants you to open your eyes to see in Him the father you have always longed for.

Prayer: God, thank you for being different than my human father. Help me to see in You the Father in which I have always longed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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