A Father’s Arrangements

We often times speak as believers and non about God the father. We speak boldly about being his children but how many of us really understand what that means. How is that role really played and understood?

I remember having this question a while back, not fully understanding what that really means. Being a father I often thought I knew exactly what that meant. Intellectually I did but honestly God does not operate or is moved by my intellect. I remember one day sitting outside of my apartment and at the age of 26 finally accepting God as my father. Although I had been in my walk for 3 years at this point I had the least bit of understanding of what it truly meant to have God as a father. To be totally honest my respect for male figures was a little distorted at the time. Until I was hit with a deep urgency to replay my life. I had a mentor whom I loved and respected, but I would often times rebel against a lot of what he would tell me and just simply threw it out the window. Through the Holy Spirit God begin to show me where the root of that was. Although I knew my father and had a relationship with him. We weren’t as close as I thought and the hurt was still there. Even without me having a full knowledge of it

“I know you love me but I got this, I learned how to be a man on my own. I got this! I know God so I’m good!”

God showed me this and in that moment a wall was torn down within me. I remember saying, “God I need you to be my father”. At that time my prayers shifted from a “man of god” speaking to his master to a child speaking to his father and a new intimacy begin to happen. God responded with love and correction and as a child I realized it was my job to respond in obedience. Father teach me. Dad show me...Dad help me.

My prayers shifted. More wisdom was given. I opened up a part of myself to God that I had once closed off due to something that happened in my past. Not only that but God strengthened my relationship with my earthly father through prayer and having him in a time I was at my lowest.

Why are you telling me this?  I’m sure you’re wondering because this may not be the case for everyone. What I’m saying is, God comes in his fullness when we often go to God in our brokenness and confusion. We go to a whole God not to receive partially but to receive him in wholeness. God does not come halfway we just often do.

Sometimes it’s our broken families and or relationships that bring us before God in the most broken and humble ways.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew19:14 NIV

We often think we should come to God as a whole being or with a together life. No it’s the child like stature, the purity of heart and intent that God really wants from us. A child like humbleness and obedience. In this way he can father us properly if we allow him to.

“When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.”

Job1:5 NIV

Arrangements have already been made for us as his children through Christ Jesus. Now Receive God as your father today.

God Is Love & iGodYou

- Keion Givens