I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only you can provide
’cause you know just what we need before we say a word
Seems we’re all searching for answers these days. We ask, as scripture states, “Who is man that God is mindful of him?” And we spend hours, days, years studying trying to find the answers. But the answer has been provided, and it is not complex to understand, but it is hard to accept. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin takes this head on and strips away all the religious trappings and theological dissertations on the issue and delivers the clear, simple truth.
Scripture identifies God in many ways, Almighty God, Great I Am, Omnipotent, Victorious King. All of these things and more are accurate descriptions of God, and are aspects of His nature we do well to remember, but the most powerful imagery of God and his relationship to us lies not in these grandiose descriptions but in one story told by Jesus, the story we call The Prodigal Son. In this story, God is depicted not as the warrior or creator, but as Father. And not just Father, but a Father who loves his wayward child. And when that Child returns, the Father doesn’t stand and wait for the repentant child to reach him and grovel, no, the Father rushes to meet the child and embraces him and welcomes him home. He doesn’t tell him “Now, you need to go clean up, sign this document, work for 4 weeks in the fields, and then you’re restored to family.” No, the Father looks at His son and says “Welcome home, let’s eat, drink and be merry for you have returned.” Who is God? Above all, he’s our “good good Father”
Likewise, we have all kinds of ideas about who we are. “Glory to God, I’m a Sinner Saved by Grace” or “I’m a new Christian, I’m trying to find my place”. Your identity is secure, your identity is simple, you are “loved by God”. It’s not deep, it’s not hyper religious, it’s simple. God is our Good Father, and we are “Loved By Him.” There’s no “I was a ______, but now I’m _____” There’s “I am LOVED”
It’s these two simple truths that lie at the heart of the Christian life. And the wonder of it all comes when you then add in all the other identities of God. When you realize that God IS First and Last, Creator of All, Mighty Warrior, but first and foremost, He’s our Good Good Father.