I remember thinking and sometimes saying to my children, when they were younger, how many times do I have to tell you?!? They never responded, but their answer would have been, “Umpteen times”. I have to wonder, Lord, how many times have you thought the same thing about your children?
Lord, you were and are such a loving and forgiving God. So much more forgiving than I was with my kids. My children were also more forgiving of me than I was of them. Children may be upset at the moment, but within the hour, all is forgiven and forgotten. The next thing you know, they are in your lap giving you a hug or just wanting to be cuddled. What does the bible say about this?
Matthew 18:4 (amp) Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Our own child willingly humbles himself, by climbing up on our lap or giving us a hug shortly after getting yelled at or spanked. He trust us so completely for all of his needs and even his desires. He forgives us for our shortcomings, for our sometimes neglect, and even when children are abused, they still tend to forgive their parents. What faith these children have in us, their moms and dads.
Do we, as children of our wonderful Heavenly Father? Do we have that same faith, trusting in God to lovingly bring correction to us, protecting us from ourselves, in our sin, our shortcomings, our flaws, even our disobedience?
I remember getting in trouble by my mom, because I didn’t come straight home after school. I remember hating getting disciplined for what seemed like no big deal to me. One day, my friend and I were walking home from school, we saw an old man setting in a wheel chair, calling out to us. He ask us to come and help him with his wheel chair. My friend started walking toward him. I yelled at her to run, because my mom had warned me so many times about talking to strangers. We both took off running toward home. The old man stood up and chased us. My moms words became rhema to me that day. I saw at that moment, that she was very right in what I saw as nagging. It was not nagging. She loved me so much, she would do whatever it took to keep me safe. Even risk making me mad at her.
How much more does our Heavenly Father love us and is willing to be a nag to keep us safe. And HE too will risk making us mad at Him, God, Umpteen times!
Isaiah 41:10 (kjv) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
You can trust in the great God….. because, HE was, HE is, and HE will forever be… “The Great I AM”.
BTW: Do you know my Savior? Jesus is HIS NAME.