My new book is filled with 21 unique ways that God is reaching out in an ongoing dialogue with you and I. The foundation of understanding this idea is wrapped up in His love for us as our Father-God.
Nobody I know has had a “perfect” earthly father or grandfather.
So when it comes to accepting the love and personal contact from our Heavenly Father, the question often arises, “Why does God, who is complete in Himself and filled with infinite attributes, want to fill my heart with His love?”
So let’s begin with a few Scriptures that tell a tale of a Father’s love, and answer the “why?” question.
Consider this wonderful passage, part of the recollection speech which Moses is giving to remind the children of Israel about just how special the LORD has been to them,
“In the wilderness you saw how the Lord your God carried you, AS A FATHER CARRIES HIS SON, all the way you went until you reached this place” (Deuteronomy 1:31).
He goes on to share something of the very nature and character of God as a Father.
A true father provides his children with several blessings: protection, provision, and identity. The same can be said of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the personal presence of the Holy Spirit.
First, let’s look at “protection” and “provision.”
“The LORD your God goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp (an example of how He is protecting His children), in fire by night and cloud by day (an example of His provision), to show you the way in which you should go” (Deuteronomy 1:33).
Through this symbol of the appearance of a cloud to the children of Israel as they navigated through the wilderness, we discover something of the character of God as Father.
This supernatural substance had an appearance of a cloud by day, offering shade from the heat of the sun in the desert, and an appearance of fire by night, offering comfort, light, and warmth on the cool evenings in the desert.
And I love the idea of the Father going ahead of His children, seeking out the very best places to camp which offer protection and provision. They followed the cloud, and the love of the Father followed them. And consider,
“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as He would His own eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His feathers” (Deuteronomy 32: 10-11).
What an awesome word picture that is! We, the Father’s children, were sought out, protected, and loved; the Father is here pictured like an eagle taking very personal attention to his own children, and forever protecting them in his own powerful wings.
Carried on His feathers!
Next, let’s see “identity” as God the Father reveals His fatherhood characteristics to a chosen family of sons and daughters.
Consider that, from times eternal, it was in the heart of the fullness of the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, to create a race of beings which would share eternity with them, and thus, mankind would bring that same Trinity great pleasure and happiness and joy.
Corrie ten Boom once said, “God has no grandchildren.”
You and I are forever treated as equal sons and daughters to Father-God.
We are given a whole new identity through our association with Jesus the Messiah: we become sons and daughters of the Father—of “His Father” and “our Father.”
Come with me on that amazing Easter morning, perhaps the most amazing morning in all of history.
Mary herself approaches the empty tomb and begins to weep, thinking that the body of Jesus has been stolen. The mystery of the resurrection had not yet been revealed.
She mistakes Jesus Himself to be the gardener (a wonderful detail in this story), but when she hears His voice, she recognizes Him, and He then declares these most sacred and empowering words,
“I ascend to My Father, and your Father, and My God and your God” (John 20: 17).
You see, God has no grandchildren after all, only the redeemed family in the Messiah. We are eternal recipients of His love, care, and affection. We will be the very ones who bring Him pleasure and joy to all eternity.
Here’s a thought: what will you be doing, 10,000 times 10,000 years from now?
Perhaps—you will be enjoying God’s Presence, and, just perhaps,
He will be enjoying yours!
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