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<< Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling

Then & Now - Week of January 5

  • 2009 Jan 05

"What Are Your Resolutions This Year?"
Jeremiah 29:13; John 7:34

Kari cringes every time she hears about a “Heavenly Father.” She is a believer and knows that Jesus is God and that God loves her unconditionally.  

Still, the memories of her own father, a man who slashed her with cruel words every time he saw her—maybe once or twice a year. He left Kari’s mom for another woman when Kari was only three years old.

Kari’s mom dated other men, but they all  turned out to be slightly different versions of her dad. Every single male figure in her life had let her down. Even her grandfather, who was loving, kind, and compassionate, had died of a heart attack when Kari was in junior high.

One of my favorite radio preachers, Erwin Lutzer, once said that your relationship with your father is your most important relationship on earth. How you relate to your earthy father is a good indication of how you’ll view your Heavenly Father.

So for people like Kari and countless others, they view God as either unreliable, perpetually angry, and out of touch.

If this is you—today I want to tell you that your Father in Heaven is not like any earthly father, good or bad. He’s not only perfect, He loves you and knows about your pain. He wants to give you good gifts and He knows just what you need to help you succeed in life.

But here’s the coolest part. Your Heavenly Father desperately wants to know you and for you to know Him. He wants to hear your complaints, your deepest troubles, the sorrows that cry you to sleep at night.

So, why not reach out to him this year? Begin by praying and asking God to reveal Himself to you. Secondly, pour out your heart before Him. Thirdly, begin to read the Bible, His love letter addressed personally to you.

I hope that this year you discover a Father you can love and can trust. It could make this year the best year of your life.

Further Reading:
Jeremiah 33:3; James 1:17; Psalms 121; Matthew 11:28

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at