Scripture reading: Hebrews 12:7–11
Key verse: 1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
- J. I. Packer writes of the significance of the fatherhood of God in his book Knowing God:
“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child and having God as his father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity well at all.”
Christianity is about family relationship. Once estranged from the fatherly love and presence of God, the believer is adopted into God’s household and interacts with holy God as his heavenly Father. No other religion in the world offers this endearing personal affection.
When you come to God in prayer, you approach a Father who hears the heartbeat of His children and delights in giving them good and wholesome gifts (Matt. 6:6; 7:11).
Your basic needs for a productive, meaningful life on earth are provided by a gracious, caring Father who promises to provide for you, freeing you from distracting worry and draining fears (Matt. 6:24–34). Correction and discipline for the times you sin and err are administered not by a stern celestial sergeant, but a firm, loving, and wise Father who seeks your best interests (Heb. 12:7–11). The great love of the Father is amazingly yours.
Heavenly Father, help me respond properly to Your correction and discipline. Thank You for Your love that seeks my best interests.