Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Today's Devotional

TODAY’S VERSE
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
I John 3:1

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I don’t know how John could have contained himself when he wrote this verse. Think about it, it has to be one of the most celebratory verses in the entire Bible! John understood the significance of being a child of God and implores us to understand it too. With the excitement of a child on Christmas morning John exclaims, “See how very much our father loves us!” Can you see it? There are four points to notice: First, “How very much”. God’s love for us is immeasurable. John wants us to see and examine the concept that God loves us so very much, and to really, really believe it! Second, is the phrase, “Our”. John is getting real personal using this pronoun – this plural, possessive pronoun! He isn’t talking about a God beyond our grasp, an impersonal Deity. Rather John is saying that this is our Father, which leads us to the third point: God is our “Father”, our Daddy, our Abba, our Poppa, not a dysfunctional or absentee parent. He is our loving, faithful and trustworthy Father. Finally, John shares with us that this Father, who calls us His children, also “loves” us very much. Knowing this should change everything. When you love someone and know that they love you, this is when the bridge of trust is built. You want to be with them. You want to share in their life. I pray that we can and will grasp with the Apostle John, how wonderful it is to know that the Father loves us. Rest assured, we have been called, “Children of God,” and this is what we are!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for loving us and making us Your children. What a privilege to know You. What a joy to be Your child. May Your love fill my heart and guide my thoughts today. In Jesus name ~Amen!

Tamara