This world needs a father’s love.
The love of a father is special. And whether we know it or not we all have the love of our Father. Our religion doesn’t change it. It doesn’t matter whether we have faith to believe or not. Our skin color doesn’t change it. Nothing in all of creation can change the love of our Father.
How do I know that He loves us no matter what?
His Word tells us so. John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world…” It doesn’t say “for God so loved believers…” Nor does it say “for God so loved those who love Him…” It clearly says “for God so loved THE WORLD….” This is you and me!! It is our neighbors, our co-workers, our families, our friends and even our enemies. The world is every single person who has ever lived, who is living now and who will ever live in the future.
Every. Single. Person.
The world includes all types of beliefs and religions including (but certainly not limited to):
- Atheism, and
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What does this love look like?
Unconditional love. Love that was willing to hang on a cross in a horrible, tragic death for all of us. It is love by choice and it is a love that will never want anything for us except for the very best.
One person in the Bible who gives me great hope and encouragement is Jacob.
We can all be encouraged by the life of Jacob. Jacob was Isaac’s son. If you recall, Isaac was Abraham and Sarah’s miracle baby. Isaac married Rebekah and they had twin boys, Jacob and Esau.
Jacob took advantage of his brother Esau when Esau was at a disadvantage of being super hungry. Today we call this being “hangry” but we didn’t invent this ~ it comes straight from Genesis. Esau had been outside for a while and when he came in he was “hangry.”
Jacob had been cooking stew that must have smelled very good. For when Esau came in, it was all that was on his mind. Jacob told his brother he’d sell him some stew in exchange for his birthright (for Esau was firstborn). Wow! Who thinks like this?
Jacob was a little devious. And Esau was a lot hungry.
He sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. Esau despised his birthright after this happened (for more, see Genesis 25:24-34).
Later we see more suspect behavior from Jacob. He deceived his father, Isaac, out of Esau’s blessing. In Genesis 27, Isaac is nearing the end of his life and he wanted to bless his eldest son Esau (who happened to be Isaac’s favorite). Rebekah helped Jacob (who happened to be Rebekah’s favorite) disguise himself as Esau. When it was time for Isaac to give the blessing, he thought he was talking to Esau when he was actually talking to Jacob.
The blessing from Jacob’s earthly father stuck and could not be reversed.
Jacob deceitfully took what was rightfully Esau’s. He took not only his birthright but also his blessing. And do you know what God did? He loved Jacob anyway!
That’s right. God loved Jacob very much. In fact, Jacob’s name is mentioned more than the name of his father, Isaac, and even his grandfather, Abraham.
Jacob had a quality that God loves.
Persistence. Jacob persisted in an all-night wrestling match with God until God blessed him.
The blessing from Jacob’s heavenly Father stuck and could not be reversed either!
In fact, Jacob not only wrestled with God but he met Him face-to-face and his life was spared. Jacob won God’s favor and honor. And God did something else for Jacob. He changed Jacob’s name. God has a special name for each one of us and His special name for Jacob was Israel.
Jacob received the blessings that he didn’t deserve. He received love and honor that he didn’t deserve.
Knowing that I, too, have the Father’s blessings, love and honor, even though I don’t deserve any of it, is life-altering knowledge.
Friends, be encouraged by this great news. Our Father so loves THE WORLD. You and me. Regardless of what we’ve done in our past. Regardless of how much love we have in our heart for Him. He loves us beyond measure.
Soak in this love today. Stop looking to things or people in this world to love you as you need to be loved. Look to our loving Father for the love that you seek deep deep in your being. His love is the only love that will fill that aching void in your life. His love is the only love that will never change or leave us.
God is love.
My prayer for you is taken directly from the words Paul penned in Ephesians:
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Stay in the Light and Love always,