If you do not have that kind of image in your life, I want to point you to God your heavenly Father who never disappoints and is always available. Aren’t you thankful this morning that you have a Father in heaven who knows your name. He listens to you whenever you need to talk with Him. He holds your hand and He fights for you. Your enemy is His enemy and He is with you in every tough situation. He loves you and provides for you. The Psalmist describes our heavenly Father as merciful and forgiving, “He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for them that fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:10-14).
My dad spanked me only once. That’s all it took. I had misbehaved at the barber shop in front of our neighbors. My actions embarrassed my dad. When we got home, dad took me into the living room of our home and did what he had to do. The spanking hurt my feelings far more than by behind. As I sobbed on the couch and recovered from the fact that I had disappointed the most important man in my life, I heard crying in another part of our house. I tiptoed down the hallway toward the sounds I was hearing until I found my dad in my parent’s bedroom wiping away tears from his eyes. He never had to do it again, because I never wanted to hear him cry again. May dad is with Jesus now and I pray that he is proud of his son, but more importantly, I pray that my heavenly Father receives glory from my life and my love for Him. You have a Father in heaven who receives glory when you call upon His name. Determine to never disappoint Him and He will never ever disappoint you.