Can you imagine wanting something so badly that you kill your own son to get it?
“But when the right time came, God sent His son.” – Galatians 4:4
That’s how much God wanted us when He sent Jesus to the cross. He thought that price was worth it.
There is no higher price. And some people think that they are worthless or born by accident or insignificant. Think carefully before you tell your kid they were an accident, when every one of their days was written in God’s book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).
You are significant to the sovereign creator of the entire universe. What other kind of validation do you need? Let that sink in for a moment.
You are worth dying over because a perfect God, who already knew every sin you would ever commit (or think about committing) said, “Yes, I have to have ________. No price is too high.”
And Jesus agrees because he was willing to go to the cross, having every curse laid on him while his own Father looked away, just to buy your freedom. He doesn’t make mistakes and he doesn’t have regrets.
“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the spirit of His son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.'” – Galatians 4:5-6
We are given the spirit of sons and daughters. Why are we still living like slaves?
When people are adopted they become legal heirs; it’s the same with us and God.
“Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child, and since you are His child, he has made you his heir.” – Galatians 4:7
Doesn’t that follow then, that God will provide our every need (according to his riches in glory)? (Philippians 4:19) That’s what my bible says and, after all, isn’t that what good fathers do? Provide for their children. The key word there is ‘good’.
Do you believe from the bottom of your heart, from the core of your being that your Heavenly Father is good? Because that changes things.
It’s not even exaggerating to say that the way you live hinges on this single belief, or the lack of it.
“Do I have a good father?”
If the answer is no, then buy out the grocery store and work from home. Never leave your house again. Live in fear because maybe your Father won’t come through for you.
You better take control of your life and strive to never be in a vulnerable position again, making sure you’ve got everything you need. Don’t let this God of yours too close because what if he lets you down or hurts you? Or worse yet, what if he wants to sit in the driver’s seat?
But oh, praise God if the answer is yes. I do have a good Father. The biggest relief fills my heart as the weight of the world slips from my shoulders and God catches it with his pinky. My Dad’s got this.
If the answer is yes, we will pray more than we worry. We will not be filled with fear about the days to come, but will be able to laugh at them (Proverbs 31:25). We will be vulnerable before our Father, letting him provide for us and lead us (a hard thing to do–something that requires humility and courage).
We will lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). We will be filled with faith, allowing God to work in and through us as he transforms our lives from fearful drudgery toward death (after all, weren’t we called slaves before God adopted us?) into a glorious, exciting adventure with him at the steering wheel.
Tell me which life you’d rather choose then answer the question
Do you have a good father?