by Pastor Mark Jordan
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14, NIV)
Did you ever see yourself as the golden child? Did you realize at any point that was fools gold? I think that is a process most, if not all, of us must endure. As infants, the world caters to us, but as we grow, we must realize we have a responsibility to serve. No doubt this epiphany can be painful, but it is a step every one of God’s children must take toward becoming like Jesus. This isn’t a linear process — and thankfully, God shows much grace and mercy — because as King David (who wrote Psalm 103) points out, God remembers that we aren’t made of gold, but dust.
Maturation is a messy process. God knows this and is aware of your mistakes, but he knows your potential and sees your life in its entirety. The good news is God has compassion on those who fear him…this isn’t fear as in terror, but a healthy sense of respect and reverence. It is the kind of fear that convicts you and saves you from giving in to your sinful desires. Proper fear of God plays a role in acknowledging you are made from dust, but helps to keep you from becoming dingy with sin.
On this Father’s Day, know that God is your loving Heavenly Father. He loves you and knows you aren’t perfect, but wants to help you become like his perfect Son, Jesus. Love God, trust God, and allow God to help you dust off from your mistakes, cleanse you from the dinginess of sin, and prepare you — yes, you, you who once thought you were made of gold — for the place where the streets are paved with gold.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I come to you on this Father’s Day, so grateful for the compassion you have for me, and care to help me become like Jesus. Forgive me for the times I feel like I am the golden child and the world owes me something, so I may live and serve like Jesus to help others see their eternal value. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.