“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close” (Psalm 27:10, NLT).
In the natural order of things, parents love, nurture and protect their children. Sadly, we live in a fallen world, with lots of messed up relationships, abuse, neglect and abandonment. As a result of bad experiences with their dads, some have trouble relating to God as a father, believing he will treat them as badly or be as aloof and unloving.
It can be difficult to get past the baggage your father gave you and learn to trust God and be loved by him. It helps to remember God isn’t like us. He doesn’t have the pride, weaknesses, hang ups and mental issues some human fathers have. He is the perfect father, always loving and kind. He understands our broken hearts and won’t hurt us any further. Even if everyone else rejects and abandons us, he never will. The Holy Spirit, our comforter, will hold us close and reassure us of our real Father’s love.