The Good Father

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

God loves us with an everlasting love and there is nothing that we can do or will ever do to remove his love from us. God is not unkind but is faithful and merciful. God wants what is best for us and he created us in his image and likeness in order to love us and to have relationship with us. God is not responsible when we suffer harm or evil. The Devil causes harm to people and we have to stay close to God in order to stay safe from harm and danger. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

God is our refuge and strength and a present help when we are in trouble. David was well acquainted with the love of God and wrote many songs to testify about the character of God. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you” (Psalm 89:14). God takes joy in justice and is faithful to his people. We are his children and he has recorded so many promises in his word which outlines how he wants to take care of us.

In our relationship with God, there is comfort and healing. There is strength for the weary and he lifts the burdens of the oppressed. If we are struggling or failing, God wants to lift us up and help us to succeed. There is peace for those who are troubled in spirit. We gain the benefits in the word by surrendering our lives to God and living in relationship with him. God is not in need of us but we need him like the air we breathe. We were never made to exist without relationship and fellowship with God.

Like a good father, God cares for us and he longs to take care of his children. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1).

A.P.-Y.

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