October 26, 2016
A touching song being sung in many churches across our nation is “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin. But before you go off to YouTube to listen to it,read through Galatians 3:26-4:7 and see the good, good work of the good, good Father, the good, good work of the good, good Son, and the good, good work of the good, good Spirit . . . Three in One.
As you read through this text, you will see the good, good love of God that has saved us, redeemed us (bought us back) from sin, death and the power of the devil. This occurred in the fullness of time (v. 4). At just the right moment in history, when all things were complete and ready for the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus was born to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). In other words, the incarnation of Jesus wasn’t haphazard. God’s plan continued to unfold and does so fully at this specific moment in history. All because of God’s goodness and love for His creation.
As I read through this text, I’m reminded that not only does God have perfect timing, He adopts imperfect people like me to become His children. I am a son of God. Crazy! I no way deserve such a title! A child of God? Oh, the times I can think when I’ve let down my parents, wife, and kids, much less the Lord! Yet God, in His mercy and grace sends His Spirit to me (v. 6) who calls out, “Abba Father!”
Although, I must confess, my heart has indeed cried out, “I want…I want…I want!” Yet, the Spirit in me cries out, “I need God! Abba Father! Good Daddy!” Indeed, when my heart is humbled by the Lord, when my mind is at peace because of His work in me, I am able to see His plan for my life and find contentment in Him. Because God has chosen to make me His child, I’m no longer a slave…but I’m free. Not free to indulge sinful behavior, but free to live for Him and boldly testify to His goodness and plan for me.
PRAYER: Good, Good Father, hold my hand when I can’t hold Yours. Comfort my heart when I’m too afraid to pray. Flood me with peace when my world and my mind seem chaotic. By Your Spirit, strengthen me to live as Your son, a child of the One true God. Amen.
(The picture is of my grandson a few years ago.)