Today’s Daily Light:
Continuing and final of article by Owen Strachan:
You Can Anger God But Not Lose Him
A Better Father in a Greater World
As a just father acting in the image of the divine patriarch, my father reacted to my disobedience by punishing me. This sometimes hurt, as Scripture suggests it should; the rod that is not to be spared is not, it would initially appear, weightless (Prov. 13:24). But I knew even then with a 5-year-old’s capacity that though I could anger my dad, I would never lose him.
So it is, I think, with our heavenly father, who is greater than all our earthly fathers, some of whom may not have proven as kind as my own dad. God watches us; he disciplines us; he grips us with a holy love that never lets us go, never casts us out. This world is bitter and disappointing, filled with fathers who forsake and sever, but we know a better father living in a greater world, a world of love as Jonathan Edwards called it, a Trinitarian realm where God’s unfailing kindness never fails and never stops.
Father…I am sooo very thankful that you have never abandoned me, even in my times of failure and disobedience. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for your steadfast love that endures forever. Thank you for including us in your eternal plan. Help us to increasingly see and walk-in your love ‘so that’ we can demonstrate your love to those that do not know you and your wonderful love. May we ‘go’ out and minister you love. Amen
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