Heavenly Father: 1

‘They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.’ John 8:27 NKJV

The people in Jesus’ day found it hard to grasp the concept of God as a Father. Lord, king, judge, they understood—but Father? Nah! The Old Testament rarely speaks of God as Father, whereas the New Testament mentions it often.

Until Jesus came and revealed the Father, He remained a mystery. ‘No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.’ (Matthew 11:27 NIV) And many of us still don’t comprehend His Fatherhood and the rich blessings we have in Him.

‘Father’, God’s all-inclusive name, tells us He is everything we could ever need, while disclosing how He feels towards each one of us. It exemplifies every trait of the best father imaginable. Think what a loving, all-powerful father would do for a needy child. Your heavenly Father will do all that for you—and then some! And when He’s finished doing the ‘then some’, He’ll do some more! When you recognise God as your Father, your fears dissolve and you start to believe that all your needs will truly be met.

Jesus said, ‘Don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the [benefits of His] Kingdom.’ (Luke 12:32 NLT) It makes God happy to offer you the resources of His Kingdom! Why? Because He loves you as much as He loves His Son Jesus! Jesus prayed you’d know with confidence that your Father loves you in the same way as He loves Jesus Himself. (See John 17:23.) As His redeemed child, you have all the benefits that come with membership in ‘the household of God.’ (Ephesians 2:19 KJV)

SoulFood: Dan 11–12, Luke 22:63–71, Ps 16, Pro 10:15

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019

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