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Faithfulness of the Father

Paul wrote Galatians for the express purpose of instructing believers in the difference between Law and Grace and the inability to mix them. The believer in Jesus is DEAD to the Law and ALIVE unto Christ. In Chapter 3, he made this sweeping statement: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (3:26). The fact that believers in Jesus are the children of God makes God our spiritual Father.

John said it like this: “Behold [pay attention, don’t miss this marvelous truth], what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). God becomes our Father at the moment we believe in Jesus and are born again. From that moment forward, he NEVER ceases to be a Father unto us, ALWAYS dealing with us in fatherly fashion, whether in the blessings of fellowship or in the chastening of rebuke and correction!

There is perhaps no greater testimony to God’s faithfulness as a Father than the Wilderness Wanderings of Israel after they balked in unbelief at the opportunity to take the Promised Land. For forty years they camped at various locations in the Sinai wilderness. The Father protected them from EVERY foe except death by natural causes for those who were above age 20 at the time of faith failure. 

In many ways the wanderings were a logistical nightmare. But EVERY day the Father flew in millions of quail (protein source) and rained down manna (bread source). It was, to be sure, a BARE-BONES diet; nevertheless, it was a LIFE-SUSTAINING diet. 

For forty years the Father preserved the sandals on their feet. It was essentially a ‘No Wear-and-Tear’ policy. For forty years, those age 20 and under were eyewitnesses to his faithfulness, and grew up watching Moses enter the Tabernacle daily with God’s glory hovering overhead. By the time the forty years expired and death by attrition had run its course, a new generation, schooled in the faithfulness of the Father, was ready to follow Joshua into battle to POSSESS that which the Father had PROMISED. 

The Father who NEVER ceased to be a Father to Israel is the same Father who has birthed us through faith in his Son, the Lord Jesus. He has faithful sons as well as prodigal sons. But he is a faithful Father to them all. 

In 1882, the Scottish minister George Matheson wrote these lyrics: “Oh love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee, I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.” If you are a believer in Jesus, take a moment today to offer to your heavenly Father a heart-felt “Thanks!” for his enduring faithfulness!


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