Monday, Second Week of Epiphany January 18

Text: Isaiah 44:21-23

As much as I enjoy spending time with my two grown children, it doesn’t quite compare with the pure joy I felt when they were tiny, sitting on my lap, as we sang and talked and played together. These little beings were so helpless, and to them, my wife and I were their whole world.

That’s how God feels about you. He longs for a close relationship with you. It seems funny that we flawed humans could bring God joy, but Zephaniah 3:17 says:

“He will take great delight in you;

in His love He will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Like all fathers, it pleases God when we acknowledge that we are His children.

I also know that it’s hard work being a father. A child’s nature to not listen, to disobey, to act selfishly. Yet there’s something about being a dad that makes you willing to forgive and forget, sweeping away your child’s disobedience like the morning mist. Mid-tantrum, fathers hold out their arms, longing for their children to run into them.

And no child is as disobedient to his human parent as we are to our heavenly father. Despite our chronic selfishness, our doubt, our aloofness, our false confidence that we can handle things on our own, God keeps inviting us back, forgiving us seventy times seven times, holding His arms out to embrace us again and again.

So, don’t neglect your father/child time with God. Do the work that He has chosen for you. Burst into songs of praise. Savor quiet, still moments in His word and in prayer.

~ Dan Heuser,

Youth Leader


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