Intentional gratitude is always top-of-mind this time of year, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching. With the hustle and bustle of life, it’s often easy to forget that expressing gratitude applies to all seasons of our lives. As believers, we are called to be grateful in all situations and to live with the joy of the Lord.
How comforting is it to know that we have a heavenly Father who loves us no matter what?
As we continue with our “God is My…” series, we wanted to pay special attention to our relationship to God as our Father. God calls us his beloved children, and He cares for us in an unconditional way that only He can.
The Lord knows our hearts and through our faith, shows us compassion and forgiveness, even when we sin or fall short. He is consistent in a world full of change, as He unconditionally loves us through every situation.
“Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”
From Scripture, we know that the Lord fights for His children and keeps us in His care. Even if we get lost along the way, our heavenly Father will lovingly bring us back to Himself and his gracious embrace.
In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of the shepherd who had 100 sheep and lost one. The shepherd left the 99 that were safe and searched until he brought the one lost sheep home.
This is the perfect picture of Jesus’ love for us!
Not only is our heavenly Father with us and for us, He knows us better than anyone else, from the inside out. We are each created in his image, each of us intentionally and thoughtfully formed to be His children.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
As His children, the Father knows us, and desires for us to know Him. Through the Lord, we can do more than we could ever dream.
The Pharisees asked Jesus how He was capable of doing the things He did, and He told them that He was following His heavenly Father’s will. Just like Jesus performed miracles in His Father’s name, we have the authority in our heavenly Father’s name to do miraculous things through faith here on Earth.
“Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
In Christ, Peter walked on water, the disciples healed the sick, and Moses set the Lord’s people free. The Bible is filled with stories like these where the heavenly Father’s power worked through His children.
Our heavenly Father’s love for us never ends or changes. Through His power, He allows us to do miraculous things in his name and for his glory. What a privilege that is!