Friday, 23 December 2016

The Father's love

Sometimes, I get lost admiring my brother's cuteness and innocence and  wonder how I came to love my little brother so much. I used to think I developed love for him when I first saw him as a newborn but now I know. I actually started developping love for him even before he was born. Before he was born, I had dreams of a having a brother and would look at pictures of babies in baby magazines with him in mind when my mum was pregnant with him. These planted that seed of love I would have for my brother to come. That seed of love only grew stronger the very moment I saw him for the first time.
       'I started developing love for him even before he was born'.
Does this remind you of something? Well for me, it does. It reminds me of our heavenly Father, God.

Before we were born, there may have been people who were expecting us excitedly. They had already bought baby things for us, thought of our names and were ready to make sacrifices to take care of us. You could say, the moment they discovered we were in our mommy's tummy, it ignited that fire of love towards us in them.

     But what about the One who created us; that even before we were in the womb already:
1. had us in mind. Isaiah 46:3b: I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born.







2. made plans concerning us. Genesis 1:26-27: Then God said, 'Let us make man in Our image, to be like us....[27] So God created human beings in His own image.

3. knew what our purpose would be. Isaiah 49:1b: The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb He called me by name.

4. (Embryology students are familiar with this part) Each day,each week, He carefully transformed us from zygote to morula to bilaminar disc to trilaminar disc to embryo to foetus.(I assure you this is is very complex) Psalm 139:13-17:You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body...[15] You watched me as I was being formed...[16]You saw me before I was born...[17] How precious are your thoughts about me, O God....

He knew we would be born into sin but He still wants us to be with Him someday so He sent Jesus to die for us. John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He sent his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

We are still alive? Who is keeping us and why? Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

We have gone through our worst periods yet survived. How? Mattew 28:20b: And be sure of this, I am with you always , even to the ends of the earth.
          Dear reader, what message am I trying to pass? God loves us. Even if:
1. the world turns their back on us, He says in Isaiah 49:15-16: "Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has born? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you![16] See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in My mind is a picture of Jerusalem's walls in ruins( PARAPHRASE: always in my mind is a picture of you even in your most down broken moments).
2.our close ones leave us, He says in : Isaiah 44:21b: I,the Lord made you, and I will not forget you.
Isaiah 43:1-2: But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you...[20] When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
3. others have written us off as trash, He says in 1 Samuel 16:7b: The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart."
4. we may have condemned ourselves as too dirty to make it to heaven, He says in Ezekiel 18:24.: " Do you think that I like to see the wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live!
Ephesians 2:4: But God is so rich in mercy and He loves us so much
5. we feel we are worth nothing with nothing of value to contribute to the world, we are not the first people to be in this situation. Look at Isaiah 49:4: I replied," But my work seems useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord's hand; I will trust God for my reward.[5] And now the Lord speaks- the One who formed me in my mother's womb to be His servant...[6] He says,"... I will make you a light to the Gentiles,..." [7] The Lord, the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says to the one who is despised and rejected by nations,...: "Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the Faithful One,The Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."


   He loves us despite our imperfections, disabilities, shortcomings, flaws,failures,mistakes, past and background. I John 3:1a: See how very much Our Father loves us, for He calls us His children and that is what we are!
Ephesians 1:4: Even before He made the world, God loves us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.[5] God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure.

We are no mistake; we are planned. Jeremiah 1:5:"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart...

We were loved even before we came to earth, we are still loved, we will always be loved... by our Heavenly Father, Jehovah God.
Romans 8:35-39: Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity or are persecuted or hungry or destitute or in danger or threatened with death?....[38] And I am convinced that nothing can ever seperaye us from God's love...[39] No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed Christ Jesus Our Lord.
You can click the video below to listen to an uplifting song by Hillsong about God, the Father.

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