It was the first week of school. The teacher mentioned something about the students taking some class work home to show their parents. A little boy spoke up and said he couldn’t do that because he was divorced from his father. The teacher knew his situation and did her best to explain to the young boy that it was his parents who were divorced, not he and his father.
Divorced from his father! How sad for a small one to even think that. How tragic for a child to have to face life without a father. Yet many children do.
As heartbreaking as this might be, it’s an even worse situation when people are divorced from God and they choose to go through life without their heavenly Father.
But how does God feel about it?
As the Christ stands outside Jerusalem for the last time, He looks over the city and He weeps. The One who is going to the cross where He will be bear our sin, weeps not for Himself but for the people of Jerusalem. The One who will be crucified in front of His mother, cries for the people who have rejected Him. He speaks tenderly of His desire to gather them together the way a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings. He speaks tearfully of their unwillingness.
That’s how God feels about it.
Jesus spoke His Father’s heart on the matter but more to the point, God’s giving of His Son at the cross backed up those words up in a way that the centuries have been unable to silence. No one has to live away from God. No one should be divorced from their Father.
If you have been living without your Father, I encourage you to embrace His love through Jesus (John 3:16). Confess Jesus as your Lord (Romans 10:9-10) and come into God’s family through baptism (Galatians 3:26-27).