You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:6-8
“My child’s feelings are hurt.
I tell her she’s special.
“My child is injured. I do whatever it takes to make her feel better.
“My child is afraid. I won’t go to sleep until she is secure.
“I’m not a hero. … I’m a parent. When a child hurts, a parent does what comes naturally. He helps. …
“Why don’t I let my Father do for me what I am more than willing to do for my own children?
“I’m learning. … Being a father is teaching me that when I am criticized, injured, or afraid, there is a Father who is ready to comfort me. There is a Father who will hold me until I’m better, help me until I can live with the hurt, and who won’t go to sleep when I’m afraid of waking up and seeing the dark.
- Max Lucado, The Applause of Heaven
An interesting selection of parental attributes, but Max Lucado chose wisely.
Our heavenly Father is there when our feelings are hurt, when we are injured, and when we are afraid.
He is also with us when we need to borrow a little money, but there is no talk of a prosperity Gospel here. God meets our needs, and sometimes that need is to learn how to live with less and still praise God.
Lucado talks of God helping us to live with the hurt, not healed from the pain. We learn a lot during those times of pain. At times, I have learned that I am a wimp – gotta work on that.
Max Lucado uses the fear of the dark. Any fear could be substituted here, but the evil one lurks in the shadows. This fear is appropriate from that regard. It can also be appropriate when you have small children. They seem to have more fears that come to the surface in the dark.
Can we allow God to be our Daddy? Can we allow Jesus to be our brother? Don’t think of when a parent screwed up. Think of that fond moment that will live in your memory forever and ask what it will take for God to be that loving parent in your life, right now.
God is ready for that relationship. He has paid a great price for that relationship. What is your answer?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.