It is easy to become overwhelmed by the tragedy of life. Every day the news tells us about losses, griefs, horrors and inhumanities. We have each our pains, and if our hearts are not hardened we have others’ pains to bear as well. How can we face this world of sadness and separation?
We need a Father who can make everything all right. Those who have had good fathers know something of this: he seems able to do anything and knows everything, he can pick you up and make you feel safe, he’s your protector and provider. Those who have tried to be good fathers know that this is what you give to your children: you make for them a world within the world, a world of love and safety and joy, a world where they are protected and provided for and loved.
But we outgrow our fathers, even the best of fathers. We discover the world outside the world they made for us, and we make our way in that world and come to know its darkness and danger and despair. We come to see that our fathers were pointing us towards someone bigger than themselves, that fatherhood is a picture of the ultimate human need, natural for creatures and tragic because of sin.
We need a King who can put things right. We need a Savior who can forgive us. We need a Father, who can enfold us in His embrace and wipe the tears from our eyes, who can make things okay.
We need God.
And God has reached down to us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16, NIV).
There is a King; He has come, and He is coming again. His kingdom is among us, and it will be complete. He is going to fix things. “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
There is a Father for us.