Monday, November 6

Father, my Father!

Scripture: Job 30, Psalm 120, Galatians 3-4

Galatians 4:6-7 To show that you are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out, “Father, my Father.” So then, you are no longer a slave but a child. And since you are his child, God will give you all that he has for his children.


God will give you all that He has for His children.

What a promise!  God has given us the Spirit of His Son, Jesus.  The Spirit within us cries out, “Father, my Father.”  (Here is the Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit.  There are so many verses like this where the word “trinity” is never used, but all three are mentioned in one breath as one God.)  And since we are God’s children, we are His heirs, and all that He has is ours.  “God will give you all that He has for His children.”

I want to give my children everything I can.  I want to give them what they need, bless them with what they want, help them be successful.  I want the best for them.  And God wants nothing less for us, His children.

God’s Spirit within us makes us aware of the Father’s love (Romans 5:5), and shows us that we are God’s children (here and Romans 8:15-16), and so we cry, “Father, my Father!”  We are no longer slaves; we no longer live in fear; we live in the joyful confidence that we are God’s dearly loved children, and our Father has given us all that He has for us.

Martin Luther used another biblical analogy.  When a man and woman marry, all the husband’s wealth now belongs to the wife; and all the wife’s debts now belong to the husband.  Luther points to 2 Corinthians 5:21 to show that the Lord’s righteousness is now ours, and our sin is now His.

I also thought of Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”  God has given His Son—the greatest gift ever—and along with Him comes all things, all that He has for His children.

It makes you want to cry, “Father, my Father!”

Prayer: Father, my Father!  Thank you for giving me Your Son, Your Spirit, Your righteousness, Your life!  I love you!  Help me turn over every worry, every fear, every burden to You, my Father who has given me everything!