Daddy’s Girl

The problem with forced silence is, my musing brain doesn’t stop.  It just keeps going and going and going…. SO, when I come out of hiding, my mind is full of things that have been “churning” in the background.  What does one do with all THAT?!

One of the things that I have been musing about is a daddy’s love.

Fathers who aren’t attentive to the needs of their families have certainly come into the spotlight over the last years.  Science has shown the need for both young girls and boys to know that their father loves them, is proud of them and delights in them.  The stats that result from fathers that are either not present or not communicating when they are present are staggering. (Not to mention down right discouraging.)

So, my question for today is, “If it’s important for our children to know that their human father loves them, in order for them to be strong, healthy, successful people, how much more so for us to know of our heavenly Father’s love?

We know – and have probably quoted – the stats concerning little girls and their desire to remain pure – or not – being a reflection of the amount of love and care that they have felt from their dads.  Why wouldn’t we think that the Bride of Christ would be any less willing to allow her purity to be besmirched, by false teaching or deceitful men, if she were absolutely certain of her Daddy’s love for her?

I have heard many people say “You can’t teach the love of God over obedience to God.”  I hear – and appreciate – that concern.  But knowing flesh as I do, having had some for nearly…well for quite a while, anyway – I know that flesh loves the law.  Flesh loves the law for many reasons, but one is so that it can lord itself over others when it accomplishes it.  An understanding of Father’s amazing love for us removes the desire to lord it over anyone.  Knowing that He dearly loves us frees us from the need to look better than anyone else in our Father’s eyes.

What, you may be wondering, about John 14: 15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”?  I confess that for a long time that verse would go fist to fist in my head with Romans 2:4  “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”  THEN I read John 14 in Hebrew – it says, “If you love Me, the commandments the My keep.”  That sounds an awful like “If you love Me, then you – by My power, because of My lovewill keep My commandments.”  Rather than this being a matter of our performance, is it not a matter of the work that He does in us, because of His grace?!  (ESPECIALLY when we pair it with John 15, when Jesus tells us, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”)

I am becoming more and more convinced that a weak and ineffectual understanding of the love that Father has for us, results in a weak and ineffective faith that causes us to have a weak and ineffectual testimony, presenting a weak and ineffectual Gospel to the world!   When we know how our Father sees us (and John 17:23 is a GREAT place to start) then we will grow like any and all other children who have loving daddies.  Confident, bold and ready to be all that we have been called to be – not to mention, honor and please our Father!

 

 

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One Response to “Daddy’s Girl”
  1. Michelle says:

    This goes so well with our devotion yesterday from John Piper:
    “This is why the Bible so clearly teaches that getting right with
    God is not based on law-keeping. “By works of the law no human
    being will be justified in his sight” (Romans 3:20). “A person is
    not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ”
    (Galatians 2:16). There is no hope of getting right with God by
    law-keeping. The only hope is the blood and righteousness of
    Christ, which is ours by faith alone. “We hold that one is justified
    by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28).
    How then do we please God, if we are dead to his law and it
    is no longer our master? Is not the law the expression of God’s
    good and holy will (Romans 7:12)? The biblical answer is that
    instead of belonging to the law, which demands and condemns,
    we now belong to Christ who demands and gives. Formerly,
    righteousness was demanded from outside in letters written in
    stone. But now righteousness rises within us as a longing in our
    relationship with Christ. He is present and real. By his Spirit he
    helps us in our weakness. A living person has replaced a lethal
    list. “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
    (See chapter 14.)
    This is why the Bible says that the new way of obedience is
    fruit-bearing, not law-keeping. “You . . . have died to the law
    through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to
    him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear
    fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). We have died to law-keeping so that
    we might live to fruit-bearing. Fruit grows naturally on a tree. If
    the tree is good, the fruit will be good. And the tree, in this case,
    is a living relationship of love to Jesus Christ. For this he died.
    Now he bids us come: “Trust me.” Die to the law, that you might
    bear the fruit of love.”

    I love the word picture of righteousness welling up from within us because we are *bearing fruit* of him who loves us and gave himself up for us (not that we could naturally do anything righteous on our own..that was the subject of devo from the day before..)

    I also love the picture you chose for this entry Dawn. How beautiful to imagine Abba picking me up and tossing me with delight. :o)

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