TRUSTING ABBA FATHER

A GENUINE WALK WITH GOD HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT WHAT WE SEE, BUT ABOUT WHO WE KNOW.



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Waiting on His promises
Abraham knew he’d heard from God. After all God had promised it on several occasions. But when it had not yet come to pass Abraham relented to pressure to make it happen. We all suffer the temptation to think we have to do something ourselves to make the promises of God come about.

 

Joseph heard and waited. But then again he could do nothing in his circumstances. He had to wait.

 

Funny how his own mouth, his brothers’ jealousy, Potiphar’s jealousy, the long days and endless years in jail all were tools in God’s hand. Interesting the odd unexpected tools God uses to bring about His plans. Power tools they are. But alas we so often toss aside His tools as only fit for the burn pile.

 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 

All things. All things. All things work together for my good in Him.

 

2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

 

THE REASON WE TRY AND MAKE THOSE PROMISES HAPPEN  so often is because His promises are so incredible as to be “un” believable.

 

We say, “The promises of God are”
too vast
too great
too amazing
too wonderful
too incredible
too kind
too loving
too forgiving
too high
too impossible

 

or so our minds think

 

I believe God is just waiting for us to ask great things of Him. Ask of me and I will give you your nations. I will give you your city. Your county. Your family.


Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

 

Eye has not seen nor has ear heard all the thoughts and intentions of your loving Heavenly Dad. (1 Cor. 2:9)

 

Of all the names He is known as, He wants you to call Him Daddy. Sounds crazy. Sounds sacrilegious. It is. Anti-religious that is. He is all about relationship. The God of creation longs for a heart-embracing deep intimacy with each and every one of us. His love is far more like a Father running to welcome home a rebellious son or daughter.

 

Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry,“Abba, Father.”

 

The word Abba is an Aramaic word that is most closely translated as “Daddy.” It was a common term that young children would use to address their fathers, a word of the deepest human affection for "their" daddy.  A-ba-ba-ba they would stammer to say. For little mouths just learning to form syllables, Abba comes automatically to young tongues. Hands lifted high, a little one calls out, "Abba"  as his beaming face lifts her. Think it’s beneath you oh pious Christian? Thirty-three year old Jesus Himself called His father, Abba. (Luke 22:42) One gets the idea this wasn't’ the first time He did so.

 

As a fully grown man, the formerly murderous religious zealot, Paul looked into those eyes through the lens of the Holy Spirit and glimpsed the deepest heart of God. If God had a bottom to His heart and we could fathom it, there one would find incalculable love of a father for a lost child. No human eyes had ever penetrated the depths of the love in that heart. But hallelujah, once the thick veil was lifted through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, the Holy Spirit could finally reveal what God had longed for us to see throughout time. Oh how He loves you and me. (1 Cor. 2:9-11)

 

He is:
Wiser than any human mind will ever imagine 

Higher than any celestial prairie mankind’s intelligence will ever traverse

Deeper than your deepest sin or sorrow

One by whose breath a fortress falls

Wider than an ocean and infinitely beyond your arms grasp

 

No, He is the God who is beyond. Yet He is the God who wants to draw us near. Very near. He is the God who is always there. Always there for us.

 

And He is there for you. Be careful you might not find Him beautiful at first. if you see Him at all. He may be hidden in some lowly place. Perhaps bruised laying beside a dirt road outside a city (Heb 13:12). You cannot have that father son or father daughter relationship without first embracing how He took all your and my ugliness, all our dirt, all our sorrow, our pain, our woundings on Himself on the cross. And died in my place… in your place. Not a pretty picture. One that could make one cringe and turn away in disgust. But If you take a single moment to gaze into the eyes of Jesus on that cross you will see He is looking at you. Only you. He did it for you. He did it for me. Why? LOVE. All for the sake of LOVE. All who know their hearts are sin encrusted and have no hope for covering it up or ridding themselves of the ugliness and stench of it. (John 3:16)

 

A GENUINE WALK WITH GOD HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT WHAT WE SEE, BUT ABOUT WHO WE KNOW.

 

IT CAN BE SUMMED UP IN TWO COMMON WORDS. CHILDLIKE TRUST.

 

WALKING ON THE PATH WITH HIM REQUIRES A DIFFERENT KIND OF EYES NOT DESIGNED INTO OUR FLESHLY FRAME NOR PAIRED WITH IT.


THE EYES OF FAITH ARE THE MONOCULAR OF THE HEART.


THEY HAVE A SINGULAR VISION, FOCUSED AND FOLLOWING A SINGLE PERSON.


FAITH EYES LIVE BEYOND THE GRAVE INTO A NEW DAY WHERE THEY WILL BE CONSUMED BY THE FIRE OF PURE SIGHT AS HE STANDS BEFORE US.

 

Put your hand in Abba’s today. Look into His eyes and tell Him you love Him. Ask Him what is on His heart.

 

Dave Rogers
Tent-making Pastor/Owner-Lamb Creek

 

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