God is a Father. That is not too popular a statement in these days of inclusivity and tolerance. Some people like to refer to the ultimate deity as she or perhaps the politcally correct "he/she." Personally, I refer to someone in the way they refer to themselves. It is somewhat arrogant to do anything else, I think. Yes, God's character includes both femininity and masculinity, but he consistently refers to himself as a Father, the masculine family figure, so there must be a reason for this because God makes no choices lightly or randomly.
A few days ago as I was washing the bathroom floor, the following thoughts hit me out of nowhere.
God portrays himself as a male authority figure because this relates to us in a particular way, especially in areas of identity and worth. Girls get their sense of value from their father and further on in life, they look to men to validate and protect them (I am referring to a healthy validation here). Men look to their fathers to instill life skills and encouragement and strength. Their best male friends are the ones who accept them as they are, provide companionship without condition, and give good advice and support in times of crisis. I am not negating the roles of mothers or females at all, in fact I hope that all women find their true places of authority and realms of influence instead of trying to usurp or replace those of men.
In every case, I believe that God as a strong male figure is meant to encourage the best in us, provide strength where we have weakness, and be our provider. Let God be who He says He is.
This is a photo of Dean's new bug zapper which graces our back yard; it provides outdoor comfort for us and discomfort for mosquitoes.