ABC Bible Character Faith Series

God our Father

Written by Michelle C.

yet for us there is but one God, the Father, who is the source of all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things [that have been created], and we [believers exist and have life and have been redeemed] through Him.
 
 one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] over all and [working] through all and [living] in all.

1 Corinthians 8:6 AMP, Ephesians 4:6 AMP

Fathers have assumed three roles the protector, the provider and the disciplinarian. Today we are going go on a trail of two aspects of our Father, the provider and disciplinarian. We are not talking about the earthly one but the fathers of all FATHERS AKA GOD!

Provider

When I was 8, I always envied when my classmate would talk about how rich her father was and what he got her. Little did I know there was nothing to be envious of because her father’s source was my source! We exist for him, so why would someone bring you here on earth without the provision you needed when you exist because of him? Worry often comes when we lose our focus on the father who is often the source of all things.  Mary was at the feet of Jesus thus she was not anxious, Martha was not at the feet of Jesus, she was anxious. 

It is very easy to question ‘What shall we eat?’  ‘What shall we wear?’ Well, Matthew tells us that our Heavenly Father knows that we need them all. God knows about your needs more than you will ever know. If an earthly father, works to provide for his children, then certainly our Heavenly Father will go separate seas for us. 

Do you have the faith to talk about our father’s richness like Paul did (Philippians 4:19)? I challenge you to walk in faith because your father can SUPPLY ANYTHING for his will for you. 

Disciplinarian

 The word discipline is often not talked about among Christians. According to the oxford definition, this word means to train someone to obey.

We love to be disciples but we do not like the discipline that comes with it. For you to be a disciple you have to be disciplined by the Heavenly Father. Even our earthly fathers have been told to discipline us by our heavenly Fathers.

I do not know about your experience but our Heavenly Father does surely give me a whip! We have all felt that whip before, it can be both physical and emotional. God has disciplined me in ways where he has even almost taken me for trial! Discipline can sometimes come in a way we would feel the pain or even loss. We cannot be children of God and not be disciplined. And of course, sometimes it hurts so badly! The writer of Hebrews says it this way; we don’t enjoy discipline when we get it. It is painful. But later, after we have learned our lesson from it, we will enjoy the peace that comes from doing what is right.” Hebrews 12:11 ERV.

David was disciplined when he sinned and committed adultery with Bathsheba.   Behind that discipline, there is faithful love higher than the heavens!   In fact, the wisest man, Solomon puts it this way “My son, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be angry when he corrects you. The Lord corrects the one he loves, just as a father corrects a child he cares about.” (Proverbs 3:11-12 ERV). When we are disciplined by our Father, we can even think we are condemned. But, that is a lie of the enemy because our Father disciplines us so that we are not condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32)

Next time you get disciplined think of it this way:

  • God, you are training me so that I am not condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32)
  • God, you love and care for me and do not want to see me on the wrong path (Revelation 3:9, Proverbs 3:11,14)
  • God, you want me to grow (James 1:2-4)
  • God, you have blessed me.  (Job 5:17). 
  • God, you are making me holy (Hebrews 12:10) ( Deuteronomy 8:5-6)

You may not have an earthly father but remember you have a father that is greater than anything. He is the Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, “whose dwelling is holy.” Psalms 68:5 NLT. Our Heavenly Father provides all our needs and refines us by disciplining us so that we reign with him in heaven! 

Today you may feel tired and drained, once again you may wish it may all end and He may come soon. But hear that still voice from your Heavenly Father that tells you, “He is with you now”.  Your Heavenly Father wants you to express your heart to Him. He wants to talk with you, and even when you are fed up, His arms are still the most welcoming. 

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Joshua Kats

January 6, 2023

Wooow what a loving Father we have!!!

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Lauretta

January 10, 2023

This blog blessed me as well! We have a God full of love.

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Kuko Ilunga

February 2, 2023

Such a well articulated, brief yet powerful writing!
Think of it as, when you love someone, seeing them move in a path that leads to eternal life rather than destruction brings so much joy. God’s love for us runs so deep that He wants us to pursue righteousness above all else which would lead us to eternity with Him and should we at any time fall short, God our father desires to bring us back on track by lovingly giving us a “whip” as the writer puts it.
PRAISE GOD!!!!!

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Lauretta

February 2, 2023

Amen! Thank you Kuko for your time.

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