9 Things I’ve Learned About God From Being A Dad (1-3)

Things I've Learned About God From Being A Dad

Me & Macey, August 2012

Did you know that Jesus called God “father” over a hundred times in the gospels? Fatherhood is central to who God is and to how he relates to us.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Macey’s 1st birthday. Looking back over this past year, there are 9 things I’ve learned about God from being a dad.

 1. God loves you because you’re his.

If I was on a boat full of 100 toddlers and it started to sink, guess which toddler I would rescue? Mine. Hopefully I could rescue them all, but if only one child was going to be saved, it would by MY child. Why? Because she’s mine. Not because she’s the nicest, most loving, prettiest, or anything else. I love her because she is mine.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1
2. God’s love for you isn’t based on your performance.

What a huge lie of the enemy to make us believe God’s love for us is dependent on our level of holiness, generosity, faith, or any other thing! He loves us because he is love. Our job isn’t to try to be worthy of that love (which you never could be), but to simply receive his love. Never forget that his love came first…he loved you before you even had a chance to try to earn it.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

3. Childlike faith really is the key to the kingdom.

Macey simply loves being loved. When I’m holding her, she doesn’t remind me of her recent failures as a reason why I shouldn’t embrace her. When we play, she never questions if I’m going to catch her. She is an expert of receiving love, and she neither doubts my love for her or gives any resistance to my affection. Like a child, she joyfully receives her father’s love.

“‘Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:15-16

As you can see, this post contains a lot of the lovey-dovey stuff. But it’s so true…being a father has opened my eyes to not only how much love our heavenly Father has for us, but also how much grace. We can really beat ourselves up sometimes for not being “good enough.” We need to know deep in our hearts that there’s nothing we can do to make him love us more, and there’s nothing we can do to make him love us less.

Take a moment, open your heart, and simply pray these words. “Father, I receive your love for me. I silence the lies that tell me I have to measure up before you’ll be proud of me. Yes Jesus, you delight in me. I love you because you first loved me. Thank you for your love.”

– WW

(More good lessons to come about the fierceness of God and how he goes to battle on your behalf!)

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