It was early in the morning, and I was finishing the knot in my bow tie when my daughter came rushing in the room. Getting her backpack ready she began crying. I must say, my daughter can be a crybaby at times. Nonetheless, her natural tears melt my heart. She explains her classmate makes fun of her. We all know kids can be cruel, but for me, this was not a big deal. However, Psalm 103:13 says, “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.”
The verb compassion gets transliterated as racham (raw-kham’). The use of the word compassion is that of a father. Failure to have compassion means to miss the connection. As a father, it is important not to minimize your child’s feelings or emotions. My daughter will have a lifetime to encounter people who have different interpretations of her. Building her up emotionally and confidently at a younger age goes a long way when she is maturing. She needs affirming, assurance, and understanding without frequent judgment and criticism. As for negativity, she gets that at school.
My daughter was in distress and needed words of encouragement. She means everything to me and I would do whatever it takes to build up her up. I will always go above and beyond to encourage her and be there for her. The same is true of our Heavenly Father. He would never save us to break us down. There are many times we run to God with problems that aren’t as big as we make them seem. In our time of distress, we turn to our Father and complain of life’s problems.
Like any good father, He gives us affirmation and reassurance. Our Father provides wisdom and direction through his Word. When we lack courage, He says, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” Deuteronomy 31:8-9. “Be strong and courageous! Don’t tremble or be terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9.
In my conversation with my daughter, I reinforced her gifts in God while also protecting her feelings. Not every child has a compassionate father so it is easy for children to get exposed to dysfunction and abuse. We have a Father who sees us as the apple of His eye. Next time you turn to the father, in His compassion, He is always ready to come out to us with open arms (Luke 15:11-32) and instruct us (Nehemiah 9:20), as well. This is the compassion of the father.