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You’re in the Father’s Love Story

Nothing in the material universe–glorious as it is–rivals the glory God derives from fashioning the lives of human beings into a breathtaking story. In other words, He is more into you than the universe. His greatest aspirations involve bringing you to glory. Your story is on His front burner.  –Bob Sorge, Between the Lines

You need to understand the love of the Father (as much as we can), not simply as a theological idea or mental acknowledgement but a reality to be experienced. It’s humbling and to some degree, no matter how much you know of His love, it doesn’t compute.

The universe is full of wonders. Scientists have finally found ways to see into the far reaches of outer space and uncover the amazing complexities and the beauty, but even here on earth, there are areas where man has never set foot. We continue to discover new species of plants and animals in remote places.

Beyond that, imagine places that have now been explored–like mountain ranges protecting unseen valleys where incredible wild flowers may have been growing for centuries. That beauty was put there by our Creator just waiting for someone to enjoy it.

He made the universe grand because He is over-the-top good and wise and loving, yet He doesn’t spend all His energy tending to remote cosmic outposts, enthralled with their appeal. He is crazy excited about you and me and our story.

How is that even possible! But it’s true.

Your story could be filled with abuse, rejection, neglect, failures, struggle, hardship, and pain. You may have a hard time believing God can do anything with such a mess, but He wants you to know and experience the love He has for you.

He wants to show you some previously undiscovered beauty that’s been waiting for you. That’s what a glorious story does! It reveals the heart and nature of God.

I know how it feels when you think your story is–let’s forget about the back burner and say, not even on God’s radar. Pain-clouded emotions conceal truth and paint God as distant and aloof. Just because you feel abandoned doesn’t make it true.

Surrendered emotions invite truth and open you to something beautiful. You are not forgotten. You are dearly loved.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.  –Romans 8:15-17

Nothing can change the fact that you are His child, adopted and free. Read those verses again! The Holy Spirit is testifying to this, but the question is, are you? You can’t be a witness to what you’ve never experienced. He wants you to have a testimony of Father’s love.

Once you do, every ounce of suffering–past, present, or future–is suffering with Him and leads to being glorified. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long…

What are your thoughts here? Does it encourage you as it does me? What have been your hindrances to experiencing the Father’s love?

6 Comments

  1. Encouraging post. We miss the obvious due to our fallen flesh. It’s used against us. It takes us stopping and pondering His creation and ourselves, but mostly Him. What a gift. Too astounding to fully grasp, but the slightest we do the more blessed we are. Thanks for the reminder.

    • I always like considering the difference between biblical meditation and Eastern religious meditation: the latter is trying to empty yourself to gain a truth and the former is filling yourself up with truth. I need reminders constantly, but when my thoughts are turned to fear, anxiety, or any number of things--it’s a mess. If I meditate on Him and His word, the other naturally goes because there’s no room for it. We become saturated with His goodness and purity. Good thoughts--thank you Floyd!

  2. It floors me, Jason! I do know God loves each and every one of us, but getting my mind around it? Not possible! Still, I take it, believe it, and cherish it in faith.
    Blessings!

    • So right. I think that’s all we can do! We’ll spend eternity discovering His love and goodness and faithfulness. All I can do now is believe it and receive it by faith--and let the understanding increase! Thanks so much, Martha.

  3. It’s been a while since I visited your site but the Lord pick the perfect post day for me. Wrapping our minds around His love for us take some work at times, some trust despite feelings, circumstances. But there it is as you reminded us and Sorge does too, there it is, from the beginning to the very end…His love for His creation, us is written all over the Word. What a blessing it was to be part of a team reaching the least reached and finally see a Bible in their language in their hands. Man o Man , the light that shines from their eyes is pure God….Encouraging post Jason, thanks.

    • I appreciate it, Betty! Thanks so much. 🙂

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