Today’s Scripture: Galatians 3:26
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
For some the very word father brings up images of harshness, cruelty, abuse, unfaithfulness, or perhaps just plain indifference. I remember the words of one student: “If God is like my father, I want nothing to do with God.” Happily, God is not like his father. God “is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8, NIV).
Whether we have a father whom we respect and cherish or one who is worthy to be despised, we should never form our view of God from any human pattern. Rather, we should go to the Bible to get a true picture of our heavenly Father.
Note the contrasting views of God in Psalm 147:3-4: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name” (NIV). The same God who by his mighty power creates and sustains the stars in their courses is at the same time the tenderhearted God who heals the broken and binds up their wounds. The Psalms are replete with such fatherly images of God.
As we think of this relationship to God as our heavenly Father, we must always bear one important truth in mind. We have this relationship only through Jesus Christ. It’s only because of our union with Christ that we are God’s children and he is our Father. That’s why Paul wrote, “In him [that is, through our union with Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12, NIV; see also Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:19-22).
Our status as children of God is one more glorious aspect of our inexhaustible treasure in “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges