If you’ve read Masturbation, you’ll know that I came to the conclusion that sin stems from a belief that God is not enough. Earlier this year, I remember being struck by the fact the Godhead included a father-son relationship. Moreover, we are called to be His sons and daughters (John 1:12). Why is that significant? Because it makes God more personal. It’s not just this ethereal ‘God’ deity that wants you to stop sinning: it’s your Father. For me, that changed EVERYTHING. Tell me you’re catching just how beautiful that is?!
Studying about God as a father has been the highlight of my devotional life to date. God is many things, but I’ve never felt more privileged to call Him ‘Father’ than I do right now. If you’re not as excited as I am, I hope you’ll grow to love your heavenly Father more as you read through this section of the blog.
Excerpt from Intercourse with God:
Psalm 91:14 says “I will set him on high, because he has known My name”, notice how it doesn’t say I will set him on high, because “I [God] have known his name.” The difference between the two variations is so subtle one might argue it’s insignificant. Au contraire my friend! God knew you before you were formed (Jeremiah 1:5), but for Him the real moment of joy is when you know Him. Intimately.
I wrote that 3.5 years ago and the truth of those words is still so beautiful. I’m in awe the more I learn about His name (i.e. character). I actually can’t put it into words (but you know, I’ll try since this is a blog)!
I’m not sure what your relationship with your father was/is like. If ‘father’ has good connotations for you – that’s awesome! If it doesn’t (it didn’t for me), then I hope that you will develop a new framework for what a father should be. Most importantly, I pray that you appreciate that this is who God (The Father) actually IS.