We were able to learn a few of our Father’s characteristics in our devotional “You Can Count on Me.” Our Father is seen as all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, and always faithful to His Word throughout the Scriptures. Today, we’re going to get to know our Father more intimately.
- God loves us and demonstrated it to us by sending Jesus to die in our place and receive the punishment we deserved. 1 John 4:10 says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (New International Version)
Furthermore, we learn from Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good, and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” In other words, our Father’s love for us will never end. I don’t know if you’ve ever felt lonely or unloved, but let me assure you that knowing how much my Father loves me gives me the strength to face anything. For I know how much He loves me.
- God never intended to leave us alone. He promised to send His Holy Spirit, our counselor, our teacher, and our guide to remind us who we are and to Whom we belong. He also promised to supply all our needs. God will never give us a task or assignment without also providing us with the tools to complete it (our calling). And I am well aware of this. I’ve never been a writer. Aside from school assignments, I’ve never written anything before. In fact, writing was never my best subject in school. So, you can imagine how I felt when the Lord called me to write for His glory during COVID. He wanted me to provide encouragement to those who needed it and to show them the Father’s heart. All my mistakes in life have been transformed into His messages. How awesome is our Lord!
- Jesus nailed our past, present and future sins on the cross when He took our place on the Cross. He received the punishment that we deserved. He did it all out of love for us. Therefore, if God is able to forgive my sins, then who am I to judge others and refuse to forgive their wrongdoings?
1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This is exactly what He did for you and me. The Lord no longer remembers our sins, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps.103:12).
No matter what our circumstances are, the Lord wants us to live and rest confident and assured that He is for us. We see this promise in Ephesians 2:7 “In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
So, friends, remember who God is and how much He loves you whenever you feel unsure or doubtful. When we know that we are loved, our circumstances cannot overwhelm us because God’s plans for you and I are good. Let us just wait for His timing. It will be worth the wait.
Father, You know that it has taken me a while to truly understand how deep is Your love for me. Thank You for Your love and Grace. And Father, help me to see people and circumstances through Your eyes because when I do, I know the best is yet to come. In Your precious name, I thank You for Your love and for being a constant in my life. In Jesus’ name, I praise You and give You glory, Ament!
The Holy Bible, New International Version. (1973/2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.