It is proper that this is our reading for Father’s Day. My dad often asked me this question out of love and concern, because (truth be known) I didn’t always end up where I should have, and I didn’t always do what I should or could have done. There were times when I stayed with friends after a football game or I would come home late from a party but I was supposed to call if my plans changed. My dad was concerned about my safety and welfare and wellbeing. Since then, I have experienced the same thing with my four sons (and, I suspect, you have, too.) Such is the nature of a father’s love.
This was, and is, the nature of God’s fatherly love for His people. We have the example of Job, an apparently upright and good man who had suffered severe losses and dared question God and His wisdom and love. God asked Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” This was God’s way of reminding Job that He controlled everything, even Job and his life. Starting in verse five of our reading we see God’s query:
Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38: 5-7)
The remainder of our reading continues that thought.
The only answer Job could give was silence and then acceptance of the fact that God IS in control! God is in complete control, whether or not mankind is willing or capable of accepting it. This fact galls Satan and frightens sinners. The devil asked his first victim, “Did God really say…?” That wily Evil One still asks the question. He tries to get people to do his bidding by talking about individual rights, liberty, choice, and so on—and people continue to fall into his trap.
This is where Jesus came in and we should be thankful He did! Jesus came into the world to seek and save sinners. God the Father loved each one of us so much that He willingly gave up His One and Only Son, the One whom He loved, to seek and save sinners. Job couldn’t save himself or restore what was lost to him. Adam and Eve couldn’t hide themselves or their sin from God. King David, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah could only ask for God’s merciful forgiveness (see Psalm 51). It is so with us, too.
We are sinners who have earned God’s wrath and punishment and deserve only God’s angry hatred and everlasting punishment in hell; but on the Father’s Day we can celebrate the fact that God gave up Jesus to Calvary’s cross and Nicodemus’ empty grave for us! In Jesus we experience the fullness of God’s love for us!
In this, we can truly say, “Happy Father’s Day!” It’s OK to say it!