"But you, o Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."
Those of us who were blessed enough to have our earthly fathers in our lives know that when we are young we think the world of our daddies. If I look at things in the eyes of my 9 year old daughter, her dad can fix anything, can cook anything, can help everybody, can make her day and is the love of her life. When we're young, we tend to put our fathers on a pedestal and they can do no wrong, we trust that they will protect us from harm. We "brag" about who our daddies are and what they can do, and it is not until we get older that we understand that these men are only human and simply do the best that they can to provide for us, to love us, and to demonstrate to us what a man is supposed to do for us. We begin to see the shortcomings and sometimes the failures of our earthly fathers as we get old enough to understand.
When we submit our lives to Christ and accept Him as our personal savior, we then instantly become part of God's family of believers. We begin to know God as our Father and as we read and learn more about God's character, we understand just how flawed we are. The question is: Why is it so difficult to trust God completely-the one who created us? It boils down to the fact that we've been hurt, disappointed, and let down in our earthly relationships, including the relationship with our fathers, if we were lucky enough to have had or currently have one. This impacts our ability to trust anyone or anything wholeheartedly. The only way to overcome this impediment is to read our bibles daily to see the miraculous things that God has done for others, and to learn God's word. As we memorize scripture and learn more about God, there are a few things that we need to remember to build up our faith, belief, and ultimate trust in our heavenly father:
1. God is Omniscient: He is all-knowing. We don't have to explain anything to God, He already knows. He simply wants us to come to Him to seek His wisdom in any situation.
2. God is Omnipresent: He is everywhere. We don't have to worry about God not being available to us--He's never too busy and always accessible.
3. God is Omnipotent: He is all-powerful. There is nothing that God cannot do.
4. God's love is unconditional. We don't have to earn His love or seek His approval. God loves us no matter what because He created each of us in His own image.
5. God is faithful. There is no promise that God makes that will not come to pass. God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.
Knowing these characteristics about God, how can we NOT trust in Him? What other father has these traits? Knowing also that God is no respecter of persons means that He will not do something for me (or anyone else) that He will not do for you. He has no "favorites". What other father would sacrifice His one and only begotten son for the good and eternal life of the rest of His family??
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
We need to realize how awesome our heavenly father really is and how blessed we are to have Him! Pick up your bibles daily and learn more about God and build a relationship with Him. The next time you want to brag or boast in someone, boast in the Lord! When you need to tap into His power, ask yourselves daily, "Who's my daddy?!"
Love...Laugh...Live...Life is short ~ Sheree