Compassionate Father

Bible Reading: Psalm 103: 1 - 14
Author: Tony Roberts (Indiana US)
Wednesday 17 August 2022 © The Upper Room.

When I was seven, my dad bought me a bike and took me out to teach me how to ride it. At first, as I started, I would topple over and fall. So Dad would run along behind me – his hand on the seat – saying, ‘Don’t worry. I’ve got you. Keep pedalling.’ Eventually he let go but kept chanting his words of assurance. 

Even more than earthly fathers, God, our heavenly Father, cares for us. He knows that we are often like children learning a new task, trying our best but still toppling over. And our compassionate Father runs behind us, urging us along with, ‘Keep going. I’ve got you.’ Jesus knew better than anyone the nature and qualities of his Father. He knew that God was with him always – from the desert where he was tempted by Satan to Gethsemane where he prayed that his suffering be relieved. Jesus showed us that our Father in heaven loves us and cares for us beyond anything we can imagine.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your great compassion that keeps us moving forward in faith. Amen 

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