Sunday, July 30, 2017

Father's Love



God as father? If God has led you into faith in His Son and you've turned from your sin towards Him, then you're saved by grace. God is your Father. John said it this way in 1 John 3:1, "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"

Father God is shown in Proverbs as a strong Defender of the fatherless. Proverbs 23:10-11 says "Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up his case against you." (Every common translation capitalizes this word, signifying it represents God.) In those times, the boundary stones established people's property lines. Think about it. What hope did an orphan have in those days? They had no family, no inheritance. Their property was their most valuable possession, possibly their only hope for food and/or income. For someone to steal a portion of the orphan's property was a gross injustice in the eyes of God. If someone messes with God's adopted child, this proverb is saying the Father will take up His case against them. 

The Father takes up His case against the enemy. In the new testament, Jesus paid the price for us on the cross. When hell was having a party, Jesus had a plan. He was disarming hell and the grave on your behalf. And His resurrection power enables you to walk away from sin and enter into a relationship with Father God. As I have talked about various homes (Eden, your home and with friends in Blog #1 and secure in Christ in Blog #2), no home compares to being at home with God, abiding in His presence. This is a conscious act and takes time to develop. But it is possible and has been life-changing for countless people for centuries. Prayer, bible study and many other activities can bring you in. Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy ..."


There will be a time when your parents or people you look to for guidance or mentorship will begin to pass away. Being with them will suddenly not be home anymore ... because (sorry to be so blunt), they will be gone. I have a relative like this who is currently gradually losing weight. There seems to be no medical reason for this. We are just praying for comfort and a breakthrough.

Where do find comfort in this, or frankly where do I find comfort in any extremely difficult or confusing situation? I propose two helpful answers for your consideration:

1. The promise of God's leadership, love, goodness and presence. You see, I don't think any of us will understand all of the stuff we go through in life. God may not always offer explanations, but He does offer Himself. His comfort results in our consolation. His discipline results in our maturity.
 His love changes us forever.

2. And consider the eternal justice of God. For example, anytime someone questions why a good God would allow someone like Hitler to inflict monstrous pain on others, I want to point out the possible disastrous condition of their souls. Only God knows people's eternal condition, but an eternity in hell is nothing to take lightly. 

Let us return to God's Fathering heart. Do you know why I love my children? Why do you love your children or possibly those you have influence over? I love my kids because they're mine. Not for their achievements or personalities. I do not dislike them when they make mistakes (partly because of poor choices I too have made over the years). I simply love them because they are mine. They are my sons and my daughter. Nothing can change that.

If now is your time, and God is drawing you to him, I offer a prayer for you to pray. It is not so important the exact words you pray. What matters is the attitude of your heart. A friend of mine often started out his prayers with "Dad." Here's the prayer I invite you to share with me:

Father, I do not know you as much as I would like. Open up the word and my heart to receive you. I turn from the sins of my past, and I trust you in a new way now. Lead me into a healthy new life with you. Amen.

Lastly, here are a few songs that I hope will bless you. I wrote "I Trust In You" when I was processing my own view of God as Father.

I Trust in You  https://youtu.be/_R7QxMeuC4c
Faithful Father by Brian Doerksen  https://youtu.be/QHISaL2b2nw
Home by Brian Johnson https://youtu.be/JYSQsww-iAI

God bless you in your new relationship with the Father,
David