Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. Joel 2:13
If your impression of God was like mine growing up, then you’ve always wondered like I did, “Is it possible to please God and make Him happy?” Growing up in my “religious” tradition I had this constant feeling that I could never quite do enough to make Him happy with me. And, if truth were told I really felt like He was just sitting around waiting for me to mess up so that He could bop me over the head. This constant impression of Him never left me with the feeling that He was the refuge I could run to, or that He was the Father I could enjoy sweet communion with.
This kind of religious thinking has done more to keep people at arms length, or even at great distance, than any sin could ever do. And, it’s without a doubt that our “adversary” has been behind it all.
The truth is, that God is a “Good Good Father” and He loves us with an unfailing and unrelenting love. It’s easier now for me to comprehend as a father myself. And as a father I want nothing but good for my children and I’ll always do anything I can to help them and bless them. And, in those rare times that they may fall or stumble, my heart is for them. I want to help them up, brush the hurt away and help them along.
Today, you can know that your God, is also your “Heavenly Father” that is a “Good, Good Father” that absolutely wants the very best for you and that’s why He sent His Son. Romans 8:32 says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”
Even if you’ve stumbled and fallen along the way, let Him pick you up, dust you off, love on you and set you back on the course of blessing and victory.
Check out one of the latest songs “Good Good Father,” by CCM Artist Christ Tomlin: