The Father Heart Of God

Posted by Elaine May 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM AEST

Why would God make us in His image with the choice to become proud enough to believe that we don’t need God or that we’re equal with God? Why would He give us the option to rebel against Him and drift from one mistake to the next in our own self importance?

Being a Mum to teenagers gave me a glimpse into God’s heart for us. How?

To stand back and allow the children you have nurtured and protected all their lives to make mistakes that you know will bring them nothing but regret is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. But in my quest to be the best mum I can be, when my instruction was no longer welcome, I knew it was time for me to stop, let go… and to pray like crazy that God would keep them safe now that I wouldn’t be there to keep them safe.

To watch your loved ones reap the consequences of their wrong choices, powerless to rescue them and to leave them in Gods hands and love them through the process sometimes made my heart cry but a mothers’ love is impossible to turn off and once you become a mum but I taught my girls to trust all their lives soon became the God I had to trust with them because I had no other option if I wanted our relationships to stay intact.
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And through it all God came through for me, answered my prayers and each time I trusted Him with my girls, the issues came to a perfect end.

This experience gave me an insight into the part God plays in His relationship with us. He loves more than we will ever understand, He brings wisdom for the safest path to travel through life, He warns us through The Bible and our inner conscience of the dangers we will face when we make a wrong decision, but then He becomes silent, allowing our free will to determine whether we will go His way or take the hard road that God knows will bring us pain.

In His silence and in His love, He patiently waits for us to ask Him to rescue us. He has provided Jesus, our perfect sacrifice, to free us from ourselves. God doesn’t lecture us reminding us of our failures…

And when we turn to Him, He still has that perfect plan for us.

So why did God give us our free will?

I knew without any doubt that if I wanted to have a good relationship with them in the future I needed to stand back and let my girls make their own choices. I didn’t realise it at the time but what they learned through their freedom of choice was priceless in moulding their character. And isn’t that what God wants for us?

We grow through our trials so it makes perfect sense to me now that God lets us make the choice to rebel against Him until we see how much we need Him, or to trust Him and in obedience become the person we’re meant to be. If He hadn’t given us this free will we would never be more than slaves or puppets, never doing anything significant in life and that’s not the kind of life I would want.

He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us.No greater love than that a man should lay down his life for his friends.

We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way.

If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life!

Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in – first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death.

That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses.

Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do!

There’s no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence.

If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?

Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life!

One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.

All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.

All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life – a life that goes on and on and on, world without end. Romans 5:7-21

So if you never had a good relationship with your earthly father and the though of God becoming a father to you, you can relax, knowing that God sent Jesus into the world to die for you, so you could be free from the hurts of your past. With His unfailing love surrounding you bringing you peace, that’s our heavenly Father’s Heart… for you.

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