Word 4U Today

GOD AS A PARENT (2)

GOD AS A PARENT (2)

If we want to actually grow as His children, God wants us to do more than only lean on His mercy.

We need to start there; absolutely everything has to come from His love for us first, but equally, that isn’t the end of His gift to us. He wants us to develop our character as we put His laws into practice, because we can grow into something better.

God is a Father who wants to see us become closer to the likeness of Him He made in us. He’s not just some guy shouting down rules from the clouds. When we understand this, His correction starts to make sense. We start to listen to His laws, to stay attentive for the voice of God that draws us into life, to see joy where we currently struggle with sin, to ‘get’ the need for discipline where we have no patience.

He will resist our excuse-making, our posing, and our hiding from obedience because He’s painting a bigger picture. We only know whatever details are in front of us right now, but He knows how the whole thing is going to look when it’s finished.

We only know the corner of the room we happen to be in today, He has the blueprints for the whole house.

What now?

“He wants them to learn to walk… If only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.”

Like that quote? Beg, borrow or second-hand-bookshop a copy of CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters*. It’s a goldmine of wisdom on the subject of God’s discipline.

*Or just buy it if you’ve the spare cash. 

Verse of the Day

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” Psalm 119:1 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

February 13th, 2014

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