This last couple weeks has been crazy for many reasons. It has been busy with youth camp, preparation for outreach and other ministry and family stuff as well as lots of blessings. They came from different kinds of directions.
This past Sunday was Father’s Day that reminded us of where we came from. I am a blessed son. My dad is an incredible human and a great father. He has been for years, 45 to be exact. As I wrote last Friday my dad has been my friend, counselor, trusted advisor, and so much more. Maybe your father isn’t like mine, but the fact is we have a heavenly father that loves us and is all those things for us.
Turn for a moment to the events of the Sunday before last in Orlanda. It was early on the East Coast, way south of where we live, deep in the heart of Florida where a lone gunman entered a nightclub and ended the lives of 49 people and injured many more. It was a horrible scene on the news. It must have been so shocking to all who were there.
There has been talk of the shooter being Muslim, of the club being for people who have chosen to be a part of the LGBT community, others have spoken about mental illness or gun control. I submit to you and to me that every one of the people touched by that horrific event were human. Each has or had a father. Each of them needs our Heavenly Father that is incredible.
We have a Father who loves us, he is for us, he is watching and cares and so much more. If we could just get that truth, life would be different. We would look at ourselves much different. We would respond to others differently. We would undoubtedly make a difference and use our resources differently.
Luke 11:13 NASB
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Our God is beginning of everything. Thus, He is the Father and what holds it all together. This is another truth that will help us follow His leading and to know His love.
Ephesians 3:14-15 NASB
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
There is more to knowing God than knowing about it. It is much like any relationship. Some people we have met. Some people we know. We know the sound of their voice or even what they smell like. Being around these people feels right because we know and love them. Our relationship with God should be much the same.
Romans 8:15 NASB
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
I am grateful for our earthly father who has shown me some of what my heavenly Father is like. To be close to God makes life so much better.
NOTE: tomorrow’s e-devotion will be the last for this month. They will begin again on July 5th. Thank you for allowing me to share with you and for allowing my father to be away