Friday, December 19, 2014

What's In A Name? (Everlasting Father)


For to us a child is born, 
       to us a son is given,
       and the government will be on his shoulders.
       And he will be called
       Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
                                                (Isaiah 9:6)


I am so very grateful for the wonderful gift of my earthly father, who has shown me his love, compassion, care, and presence throughout my life.  (I love you, Daddy!) But the truth of the matter is that everyone is not so blessed to have had such wonderful memories of their earthly fathers.  An even more powerful truth is that when we look at our EVERLASTING FATHER through the lens of our earthly father, we get a dangerously distorted view. 

Growing up, he constantly reminded me of one thing: "I am the only man in your life who will never let you down." A lofty goal to be sure... but even as awesome as my Daddy is... that is not a fail-proof statement.  You see, my Daddy, like all other daddies on earth, is HUMAN.  He is MORTAL. Because of sin,  he is FLAWED. 

But Jesus is PERFECT.  HE IS EVERLASTING.  HE IS THE EVERLASTING FATHER.

I am thankful that my EVERLASTING FATHER is compassionate.

I am thankful that my EVERLASTING FATHER could never love me any more, or any less, than he does right this moment.

I am thankful that my EVERLASTING FATHER does not require me to work for his acceptance, but invites me to rest in his love.

I am thankful that my EVERLASTING FATHER is caring.

I am thankful that my EVERLASTING FATHER loves me, and cares about me...He believes in me, and is FOR me!

I am thankful that my EVERLASTING FATHER is always there.

Past... Present... And Future...

He is I AM.

And He has ALWAYS BEEN.

Right there for me... 

And He ALWAYS WILL BE!!

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