“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
1 John 3:1a
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Over the past couple of days, God has been impressing on my heart the precious closeness of my relationship with Him. Jesus changed everything. No longer was He a God from whom we were separated, unreachable due to a chasm created by our sin. The Son of God came to us. Our debt was paid. The chasm closed. We are reconciled by the blood of Jesus’ cross.
But not only reconciled to peace, made friends where we were once enemies. Each person who trusts in Christ is reconciled forever to One who now calls us His child, His beloved, His own.
He is not a distant Father. He knows your name. He knows your thoughts and all of your ways, the little details and mannerisms that are uniquely yours. He sees your tears and captures each one in a bottle. And one day He will personally wipe all of them away. He has plans for you, for good, to give you a future and a hope. There is hope for your future because your Father has written your story. Your Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. Your Father who draws you close to His heart.
It truly is incredible that we can call Creator God, the One who rules all things and who upholds the universe by the word of His power, Father. That we are close enough to Him to call Him Abba—Daddy. What manner of love is this, that He would bring us—that He would bring me—into His family?
And I am not just one among many. I am His, and my Father draws near to have a personal, close relationship with me, as He does for each of His children.
I don’t know if our minds can fathom how deeply and perfectly He loves each one of us, how intentional He is in each relationship.
Our infinite God reaches to meet you exactly where you are. He knows your heart and is mending all brokenness, dispelling all darkness so that you can walk freely in His light, unburdened and unhindered in your delight of Him. He is faithfully weaving the exquisite, God-glorifying tapestry that is your life. He is upholding you with steadfast love and being faithful in each moment. Sustaining grace. Abundant goodness poured out on you, His child. This is much more than being in the favor of the King. This is being surrounded each moment by the deep love of your Father.
This is the life of each child that is His. Isn’t that amazing? And doesn’t it bring hope when a brother or sister is struggling, or straying, or hurting, or so burdened and weary they feel like they can’t take another step?
Their heavenly Father is with them when we cannot be. He understands, more fully than we ever could. He strengthens the weak and faltering and gives them peace. He finds and encircles those lost or wandering. He heals the brokenhearted and brings comfort in the painful process. He gives rest to the weary and shoulders their burdens. We have a Father who is our shield, our strength, our refuge, and our hope. This holds true for each of His children. So when we feel like anything we do could never be enough, we simply do what we can, and we rest knowing that our Father—and theirs—is for them and does everything in perfect love. Ever-present. Ever-faithful. Everlasting.
“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—
heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”