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The One True God is our Loving Eternal Father

Day Twenty-Seven
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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What do you think about when someone says, "father?" Do you have fond memories or memories of loneliness possibly fear? No matter what your father was or is to you, your Heavenly Father is the Father Who has and will always love and care for you! We will look at God being our Father from the framework of the Trinity for clarity. Remember, on day 4 in this daily devotional we learned about the Trinity.

The Trinity is defined as: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as One God, but each person having a different role. The Father's role is patterned after fatherhood directing, sending, and originating. The Son's role is obeying, going as the Father sends, and revealing the One True God to us. An example: God the Father planned our salvation, sent the Son (Jesus Christ) to accomplish it, and then had the Spirit give us new spiritual life and the power to live it. (Galatians 1:3-4; Titus 3:4-7)

God the Son, is the person of the Trinity Who personally shows God to us. (John 1:18) He was in the Garden of Eden talking to Adam and Eve. He appeared to Hagar in Genesis 16 as the angel of the LORD, and so on. This is called a theophany. (See the end of day 6 where I defined this theological term.) About 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ willingly let go of His rights (not His deity) as the One True God, took on flesh and blood, lived a sinless life full of weaknesses, ills, needs, and temptations, and then suffered on a cross for our sins. (Philippians 2:6-8; Hebrews 4:14-16) He did all of this so He could intimately know you, abundantly love you, and relentlessly care for you. How do you feel about this?

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us...And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace...To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness...The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this... Isaiah 9:6-7 NASB®

God is our eternal Father, Who will always be there. When my mother died of cancer when I was 5, I went to live with my father's mother, my grandmother. My father lived with us, but stayed away a lot. I felt abandoned at times. Abandonment can hurt no matter whom it is from, but when it is from people who should love you it really hurts, doesn't it? In Psalm 27:10, King David stated, his parents had forsaken him, but God had not. Your parent's might not have cherished you but God does. He will never forsake you.

How strong is God our Father's love for us? I believe a mother's sacrificial love for a child is the closest human love to God's love. Yet, God tells us in Isaiah 49:15, His love is even stronger than a mother's love. In Sudan, a mother had a son, who had a cleft lip. The village people, even the woman's family turned against her, because they thought anyone who had a deformed child was cursed. However, the woman loved her son and lovingly cared for him, even when everyone else wanted her to abandon him. She finally found him help through Samaritan's Purse. God's love and a mother's sacrificial love - gives life, a safe refuge, strength, joy and hope for the future.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. NASB®

As Christians, we are adopted into God's family out of a life of slavery. Some of you might be wondering, "What in the world do I mean by that?" Before we became Christians, we were living in slavery to sin. In other words, we were obeying our desire to sin, as a slave would obey his master. (Romans 6) Since we lived in a state of constant disobedience (sin) against God, we were accruing an awful debt towards Him. Jesus Christ's death on the cross paid off our debt to God. This allowed us to go from a life of slavery to sin, to being adopted into God's family, our new life. (2 Corinthiand 5:17; Colossians 2:13-14; Titus 2:14) As God's children - all debts against us have been cancelled, we gain the full rights and privileges of a daughter or son of God on this earth, and we inherit all the benefits, riches, and promises of heaven. (John 1:12-13)

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!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ ... Romans 8:15-17 NASB®


Life Application:

When we think of adopting a child, we think of a parent choosing to love and make a child her own. Consider this: God, Who is Sovereign over the entire universe, Who is all-loving, all- powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing and hearing, always present, all wise, and so on, chose you to be His beloved daughter or son. (John 1:12-13) How do you feel about God choosing you to be His child? Does it make you feel special even adored?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:2-5. Many fathers either don't know how to comfort or just don't want to. Our heavenly Father is a father that comforts His children abundantly in every affliction. Explain God's comfort for you from this passage.

Read Matthew 7:7-11. When you need a father to give you advice, shouldn't you seek God? Remember, He has wanted to be your loving Father from times past. Prayer is very important to God, your Father; He loves for you to talk with Him.


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