How Great the Father’s Love for Us

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28 KJV)

How often have you thought about this verse? It is often quoted by Christians, particularly in bad or difficult situations. But it is a weak salve for most people because we do not meditate on its meaning. Quoting it, to self or to others, is apt to provoke a response of indignation, “HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THIS IS GOOD?” And they are probably right, as far as they go.

This verse requires several acts of faith: 1. God is omnipotent; 2. God is omniscient; 3. God is good; 4. God is actively seeking both temporal and eternal good for His people. The point of this verse is not that everything that happens in our lives is good, we know that many things, maybe even most, are not. It is that in God’s will the effects of all that we do and experience will combine together for good to us. This good being most fully expressed in our salvation by Christ and our sanctification in Christ. Thus, we evaluate everything in terms of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

What does this mean? When we suffer we remember that Christ suffered on our behalf. We know that although our suffering may be grievous and overbearing it has a purpose that ultimately is for our good. Although we may not know what purposes God has, we do know Him as Savior and Friend, Healer and Comforter. We also know that our suffering has an end, it is finite and temporal, not infinite and unending, we have been saved from that. We know that our suffering gives an opportunity for Christ to be glorified in us. He will strengthen us. He will come alongside us. He will not forsake us. Even when we feel alone we know that we are not alone. He knows all our infirmities and weaknesses. He knows the limit of what we can bear. He will not let us be taken beyond that limit. He will not break us, nor will He allow anyone or anything to break us. He endured the infinite wrath of God against sin so that we would never see wrath but would with our own eyes see the good He has for us.

Likewise, when we enjoy good things we remember that every good gift comes from our Father in heaven, who delights in His children. The most mundane things are wonderful when seen in the light of the Father’s love. Sunsets, thunderstorms, a cool breeze in summer bring joy and songs when seen in His love. The very act of eating our food is worthy of praise: have you ever considered what a delight it is that food is delicious? God could have made food such that, while necessary, it was no more pleasant to us than filling a gas tank is to a car! Social media is filled with pictures of delectable food, recipes that make mouths water in anticipation. It is so simple and yet such a wonderful gift! It is our Father’s love!

Regardless of the situation you are in, seek God’s face. Lean on Him when you need strength, rest in Him when you are exhausted, praise and sing songs in every situation, proclaim His great love, and thank Him every day. If you do so, your joy will never fail!

He is waiting to hear from you.

Word for the Day

The more you see the free and infinite love of God, the more will your heart be at rest and quiet within you.

Bridge, William. A Lifting Up For The Downcast (Vintage Puritan) (Kindle Locations 292-293). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

When at any time thou art sick of thy work, and ready to think with Jonas to run from it, encourage thyself with that of God to Gideon, whom he called from the flail to thrash the mountains, ‘Go in this thy might,’ hath not God called thee?

Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour (Complete & Unabridged) – The Ultimate Book on Spiritual Warfare (Kindle Locations 1337-1338). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

When God “blows the breath of life” into Adam’s nostrils, we’re to understand that act to be a continuation of His creation of the world by the power of His Word.

Dever, Mark. Preach: Theology Meets Practice (p. 27). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Christ, Our Burnt Offering Part 3

And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.
(Lev 1:1-4 KJV)

Do you understand the requirement of worship and its impossibility for us?

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In the Thoughts of the Highest

David speaks in wonder in the Psalms about why God would ever take notice of man.   Although Christmas has past, I am still marveling that the Lord would not only notice us, but that He would forsake the glory of heaven and become one of us, in order to save us.   That the way of salvation was for Him to become a human baby, to subject Himself to human growth, human infirmity, and the foibles of other humans, while knowing always that the crucifixion lay ahead, is a wonder of wonders.  Contemplating it brings marvelous tears.

He thought of us.  He looked upon us.  He loved us.  He came to us.  He died for us.  He saved us.

What is Man, that You think of him? Or the son of man that You care for him?

Joy unspeakable and full of glory!