My oldest daughter was 9 when her father abandoned us. For many people, being abandoned by their father has a tendency to drive them away from faith in God.
My daughter had already believed on Jesus in a little-child sort of way. Her faith could have been shattered.
I’ll let you her tell you in her own words how the abandonment of her father ended up helping her believe in Jesus instead!
“I am thankful for my salvation! Specifically I am thankful for Hebrews 13:5 …’be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’
“When I was 12 and heard how I could be content just because Jesus would never leave or desert me, my heart stopped worrying!
“I stopped trying to be good enough for Him to accept me.
“I stopped worrying about the future.
“I repented of my sins! I gave my life to Jesus!
“I’ve never regretted that choice!
“He’s never left me alone! His love and faithfulness have always been near, real and true!
“Life’s not easy but trusting in Him has made me content and my life is full of blessings!
“Do you know Him? Or do you just know about Him?”
If your father has abandoned you or mistreated you or abused you or neglected you, be assured that God is NOT like your father. He is everything good that you wish your father had been for you and He has none of the bad characteristics that you saw in your father.
If you don’t believe me, I’d l like to challenge you to get a Bible and start reading it through, paying special attention to every passage about God communicating with His people. He does judge the sins of the unrepentant, but what He truly longs for is to have a loving relationship with you and me and ALL who will come to Him in faith with a humble heart.
God loves YOU!
He’s the best Farther in the whole world!
I’ve also written on this subject at The Best Father in the World.