“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry ‘Abba! Father.’ “- Romans 8:15 (ESV)
“If I be his child, then I have a portion in his heart here, and I shall have a portion in his house above.”- Charles Spurgeon
As Mary DeMuth continues Chapter 2 of The Wall Around Your Heart, she notes that Jesus calling God Father began a revolutionary understanding of who God is. Up to that point, God’s people had recognized Abraham as their father. God was worshipped as Creator and Lord.
However, negative relationships with parents or with those involved in our vocation loss may damage/destroy our trust in God. And if we can’t trust God, we can’t trust- or love- anyone. Mary presents five truths to help us positively approach our Father:
1. God personifies attentiveness, faultlessness, and sacrificial love.
2. God ultimately fulfills our deepest yearnings. Our energies are channeled into pursuing, rather than blaming, God.
3. Our problematic relationships open up an avenue for us to meet Jesus.
4. God is completely other, unlike us in every possible way. It is counterproductive to universalize our devastation or project it onto God.
5. Satan’s favorite scheme is convincing us to run from God’s goodness due to someone else’s bad behavior.
Today’s question: Which truth or truths resonate most in your current situation? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Here comes the judge!”