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July 15, 2018 | Daily Devotionals | July 15, 2018

A Divine Father

“You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head. This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit; I can never be separated from my God.” Psalm 119:5-6 TLB

All fathers have dreams for what their sons could become. But in this case there’s an important difference. This Father can’t disappoint. There are no haunting thoughts or demons of character that can sabotage His deepest wishes and visions for my life.  Nothing can ever prevent Him from being the prime example of what He wants me to become.  His dream is to be the creative force in my life, for me to be an agent of His expression, and to give me the active power to pull this off through the Holy Spirit. He wants me to experience eternity as a first born son.

This offer is lost on many men of faith. They don’t get it, don’t see it, and don’t experience God’s anointing and adoption upon their lives as His sons.  In other words, they miss the dream.  Instead, out of ignorance or plain stubbornness, they reject the extended hand of their loving Father.  And His longing for sonship with them goes painfully unfulfilled. Only a true dad’s heart could say, “How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.  I thought you would call me ‘Father’ and not turn away from me.” (Jeremiah 3:19)

Think of the prodigal son story and His bottomless love grows even clearer.  He knew others might reject him, but his own boys?  What would I do if the sons I’d die for dismissed me and trashed my strong fatherly affection? I can’t imagine.

Father, forgive me for not reaching out for all that you have for me.

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