Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
My dad died when I was quite young and I didn’t have any “father figures” in my life. My mom was the one who modeled compassion. I spent a bit of time wondering what my dad would have been like had he lived longer. Would I like him as a person? Was he a “father of compassion”?
In the end, while it would have been nice to know my father better — and for longer — if I am looking for compassion, it is better to go to the Source. Regular humans do all this stuff so imperfectly. Basing any notion of God on how people behave is a wee bit dangerous, especially if you are basing it on a person who is in the midst of sorting out their own junk. Or, even worse, those wolves in sheep’s clothing. Sadly, there are a few of those around.
Have you noticed? Sometimes our earthly relationships can interrupt or throw roadblocks in our relationship with God. If you have someone harsh in your life it can be a big roadblock until you settle in on this phrase:
… The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort …
That is what I am looking for when I need to be fathered. I may have had a number of “adults” in my early years who clearly were not living out life in a healthy way, I am so blessed to have understood, from an early age, that God is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Only He is the standard.