Sunday, January 26, 2014

                     God_ A Tender, Loving Father

      We often don't realize that God truly is a father to us, just as if we were children!  Do you picture a 4 year old asking his parents whether they'll have enough money food and clothing for the next week or next month?  Why of course not!  They trust that their parents will have food and shelter for them every day!   So if children trust in earthly ,and sometimes failing parents, do you think it's possible for us to trust our Almighty Father for all our needs? I would think so! We are tempted to think that we're only responsible to ourselves.      But we have a heavenly Daddy in heaven that will provide for our every need, if we just trust in Him!  Consider this text:  Matthew 6:25-34 says, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more thank meat , and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they show no, neither do they reap, nor gather in to barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you , That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the filed, which today is, and tomorrow is cast in to the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto. Take therefore not thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
      So when we worry that our needs won't be taken care of, we're just as odd as a 3 or 4 year old anxiously asking their parents, 'I'm scared that next week we won't have any house or any food left!'
  Can't we trust all those earthly needs to Jesus? Jesus invites us to lay all of our burdens on Him! 1  Peter 5:7 says, "Casting all your cares upon Him for He careth for you."  Notice it doesn't say, 'Cast some of your burdens on Him,'  NO! It says ALL of your cares!  That means your rent, your insurance, food bills and every other earthly need!
    Don't get me wrong, it doesn't mean that we can sit around and wait for God to drop the money we need on our laps.  But what it means is, is if we do our part, God will do the rest!