“Father is a name which implies personal and affectional relations. It embodies the highest conception of God which can be gathered from our knowledge of earthly relationships. It is the divine name which constituted the most distinct contribution of Jesus to religious thought. … Tennyson says that to take it away is to “take away the backbone of the world.” The God who is over all is the Father of all; the God who is through all is the Father of all; the God who is in all is the Father of all. This is the God to whom every man may come, claiming a child’s place, a child’s privileges, a child’s blessing.” James Campbell
“Imagine God thinking about you. What do you assume God feels when you come to mind? [Many people say disappointment or anger.] … In both cases, these people are convinced that it is their sin that first catches God’s attention. …the truth is that when God thinks of you, love swells in God’s heart and a smile comes to God’s face. God bursts with love for humans. God is far from being emotionally uninvolved with creation. God’s bias toward us is strong, persistent and positive. The Christian God chooses to be known as Love, and that love pervades every aspect of God’s relationship with us.” David Benner
“So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.
Whatever is good and perfect
comes down to us from God our Father,
who created all the lights in the heavens. ….
And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”
Moving From Head to Heart
- Do you think of God as one to whom you can come “claiming a child’s place, a child’s privileges, a child’s blessing?” Do you think of yourself as his “prized possession?”
- If instead, you feel God must be disappointed or angry with you, can you quiet yourself and listen for his voice to you, letting him confirm his love? his “bias” towards you?
- Can you dare to believe that “when God thinks of you, love swells in God’s heart and a smile comes to God’s face?”
Abba, may I always remember how you prize me.
For More: Surrender to Love by David G. Benner
The “Daily Riches” from RicherByFar are for your encouragement. My goal is to give you something of uncommon value each day which you might share with others. – Bill (Psalm 90:14)