I know a little bit about this verse. My father died when I was ten years old and my mother never remarried. I grew up without a father figure in my life.
My sons were raised with no support or visitation from their father and I did not remarry until the youngest of the two graduated high school. Suffice it to say I, and my sons, clung to (or survived on) this verse for many years.
What does it mean to me and countless others with no father figure? What does it mean to children abandoned by their biological fathers? It means that God protected me as a child and a mother and remains still in His holy habitation.
How did this verse play out in my life? In these two ways….
- I was saved at the age of 11 and though I was not raised in Church and was never taught all the things most children are (and should be) taught, God protected me through all those years suffering my wanderings. When I had exhausted all I knew how to do with two sons to raise, no job, no car and living desperately – He welcomed me home. I am still amazed at the Grace He showed me.
- I was given the gift of destitution while my sons were growing up and oddly enough, they never lacked anything – what’s more, there were miracles, countless miracles they witnessed as a result of my total dependence on my Father. As a result, they saw with their own eyes how God can provide and they were taught everyday the source of all life.
So, if you are one of the millions of children who have no father living at home with you or if you are a single mother raising children with little or no support, take heart and remember that your help, your hope, your life is in His holy habitation and will protect, judge and defend you.
With this in mind, celebrate this Father’s Day in a new way. Cling to and make these verses your own, just as I have …
For Keiki did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear; but Keiki received the Spirit of adoption, whereby she cries, Abba, Father.
– Romans 8:15
Keiki, call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
– Matthew 23:9