Bro. Eddie Villanueva
Greetings of joy—especially to every father there is!
This month, we are celebrating the strength of a father—a strength that is determined not by the tenacity of his muscles, but by the great love he has for his family. Reality dictates that sheer power will be exhausted, but not love. In the words of St. Paul, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, emphasis added)
As I myself am a father of four, love is the reason why I have endured countless back-breaking tasks and many strength-draining jobs. Love is also the reason why I did not mind, even after a whole day’s work, carrying and running after my children when they were young. And love is still the reason why I stay up late or, even, travel countless miles, just to give my children advice, now that they are already facing problems of their own.
Because that is just how it is for us, fathers. In the name of giving our family the best life that they could have, we would do anything and everything.
Now, if we, fathers, love this way, how much more our Father in heaven? Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (NKJV)
In the same way that our children depend on us, we, too, can depend on the Father—and most trustingly! Because while we would do anything and everything for them, we could not do everything.
But our Father in heaven CAN. For His love never fails, even His strength never fails. Because He Himself never fails: He whose very hands formed us into being; He who not only parted the Red Sea, but also made the seabed dry; He who could make food and fire fall down from heaven; and He who would just say,“Be healed,” and people would get healed from all kinds of diseases.
But the ultimate proof lies in Romans 8:32, which states: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
In our direst condition, the Father came to our rescue—no, He even went below the verge of any human and logical comprehension by giving His one and only Son, that we might be lifted from the dark pit of death and eternal damnation! With this, what could the Father not do for us? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Therefore, whether you be a father who feels tired and stressed; or a fatherless who feels all alone and all forsaken, do not forget that there in heaven, watching over us, is a Father who never sleeps, never tires, never leaves, never fails.
God bless us all and God bless the Philippines!