There are many comparisons that God makes to help us understand who He is and what is our relationship to Him. He is King, Lord, Redeemer, Shepherd, Light, and so on. The most prominent comparison He makes is that of a Father. For example,
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. – Psalm 103:13
Now, God is the designer of the universe in all its workings. So we submit to you that God didn’t create everything and then afterward thought that some of them would make good comparisons to Himself. No, He created the lion to show His might and fearsomeness. He created the lamb, in preparation for His own sacrifice in redemptive history. He created the idea of kingship to express His sovereignty and majesty.
And he created the concept of fatherhood that we might understand, among other things, His compassion.
Most fathers understand what it means to have compassion on their children. It just comes naturally, by God’s design. The next verse of the psalm above gives some explanation:
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103:14
He knows that we are infinitely weak compared to Him, and He has compassion on us. Imagine a toddler throwing a fit and giving his old man a punch on the arm. What will the father do? Defend himself by punching the child back? No, the father restrains himself from giving what is deserved, because he has compassion on his small child.
So, how does this tie in to the title of this post? Simply this: fatherhood was created as a reflection of God’s relationship with His people and His character. If you want to know how to be a good Father, study God. Understand His character. Be godly to your children. Happy Fathers Day!