October 29, 20160 comments
This week we're singing a new(ish) song by Pat Barrett called "Good Good Father."
I got to meet John and Katelyn’s daughter Rorie this week. Seeing her reminded me of when I held my Hada for the first time three years ago. And in that moment as she looked up at me, a thought flooded my heart: She’s mine. She’s my daughter, and I’m her father.
One of the sweetest ways that God describes His relationship with believers is that of a Father and child. God tells us in the Bible that He chose us in him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1), that all that the He’s given to Jesus will come to Him, and whoever comes to Him, He will NEVER cast out (John 6), and that nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from His love in Christ Jesus (Romans 8).
But we're sinful people, living in a broken world, and it's tough sometimes to remember that God has not only saved us, but that He keeps us by His redeeming work in Christ. It's even tougher for some of us when we consider our relationship with our earthly fathers. I'm thankful for my father, but he’s not perfect. Neither am I or any other father. Regardless of what your relationship with your father is like, regardless of your failure, or your current situation, hear the testimony of the Bible and know that if you’re in Christ, you have a Father in heaven. He is perfect in all of His ways, and He unconditionally, unfailingly, unendingly loves you.
God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true;
He is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
I can’t wait to sing this song with you to Jesus on Sunday. See you then!