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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ~ I John 3:1
The other day I was meditating on this Bible verse in my Bible time I had read a devotional by Gary Thomas called ‘A Lifelong Love’. In this devotional, he talks about his relationship with his wife and he realized that since we are children of God, in his eyes God was his father-in-law. He talks about his wife being the daughter of God and she should be treated as such. It really put a new perspective on things for me. My husband treats me like royalty, always has, but it made me think about how I treat him. Of course, I have always thought of my husband as the King of the castle and I lift him up wherever we are, so yes, he is royalty to me.
So if I am God’s daughter, and Jesus is the son of God, then Jesus is my big brother. I laugh when I say this because my big brother teased me, and picked on me when we were growing up (still does whenever he gets the chance) but that was his way of showing me he was thinking of me and that he loves me. When I think of Jesus as my big brother, it is a game changer. I pray to God, talk to him, tell him how I feel, ask for his help in getting through things and so on. Jesus intercedes for me. Can you imagine, praying to God and your big brother right there pleading our case to God on our behalf? I love it! I know that Jesus is God in the flesh, Jesus has been through it all, he knows what we are going through so who better to plead our case than our big brother. Like we’re a team. It makes me see things in a new way. I still know that God and Jesus are a team because they are one and the same.
Back to the God as Father-in-Law devotional, Thomas goes on to say that “one of his primary forms of worship throughout the rest of his life would be honoring God by taking care of a woman who would always be, in His divine mind, “His little girl.” Contemplating the fatherhood of God is one thing, but when you extend this analogy and meditate on God as Father-in-Law it can change your outlook and your marriage.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19
When I was a single mom, there were many days I prayed “God you are my husband until you bless me with one, you alone are my provider in whom I get my strength.” Not once did I feel in my spirit that I was a burden to God and he had to hurry up and find me a husband. I believe God was happy to provide for me and my kids because I am his daughter and I am special to him. Besides my dream husband was going through life situations so he could be ready for me and prepared to be an awesome husband, and that he is. God didn’t want to rush that process, besides our timing is not God’s and his will is perfect.
All of this goes to show that God can be and is everything to us, including comforter, and counselor and yes he absolutely is a Father.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek him while he may be found.