June 14, 2012 – Father’s Day

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

With the growth of evolutionary thought and its alternative worldview of faith, millions have lost their connection with the Creator of the Universe.  The visible realities of creation –  a sunset, a snow-covered mountain peak, or a grainfield swaying in a breeze – no longer brings a human soul to the feet of the Holy One who made these things.  Created from the dust of the earth and given the breath of life, mankind has lost his way to the One who made him, his Father.

Fathers are very important.  They give a child a name and identity.  They give a child protection and provide for their needs.  They give a child rules for life and wisdom from experience.   Above all, they love their child to the point of death.

Yet, children can be rebellious against their fathers.   They can challenge the authority of their father.  They can reject the wisdom of their father.  They can disobey their father’s rules.  They can even leave behind their family home and lose their inheritance.

When a child rebels, a great breech grows between the father and the child.  Though the father still loves the child and desires a relationship with the child,  it is the child who must have the change of heart.

Forgiveness and repentance are important aspects in the restoration of a relationship between a father and a child. While a father must forgive his child for acts of rebellion; a child must willingly repent of his rebellion and return to the ways of the father.

For many,  fathers have been less than excellent examples of wisdom, provision, and protection.  Non-existent, deadbeat fathers and fathers who neglect rather than provide and protect are everywhere.  These difficult situations make the thought of a loving, caring, Father who knows what’s best for us seem foolish and far-fetched. We would rather be adopted!

That is what God, our Creator does.  He adopts us into his family, into his kingdom.

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world…. In love he predestined us to be ADOPTED as his sons (and daughters) through Yeshua the Messiah…” (Ephesians 1:4-6).

With only a repentant heart, we can come to a Father who is ready to forgive our rebellion and adopt us into His family.   A Father who gives us His name, a family and an inheritance.  He even made a Way for us to enter to His Kingdom through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, the Messiah of Israel, the salvation of the world, Yeshua. All you have to do is ask.  “For everyone who asks receives” entrance into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 7:8).

“Yeshua answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).  Happy Father’s Day.

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