Theme of the Week: God Our Father
Bible Verse: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.” Hosea 11:1, 3 NIV
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:28-31
You probably don’t remember the day you learned to walk. However, if you have children, you’ll certainly remember teaching them how to walk. You’ll remember their first wobbly steps as they clung to your fingers on both hands, then one hand, and, finally, solo.
Loving parents teach their children how to walk. God, as a loving Father, teaches his children to walk too. But what does it mean that our heavenly Father teaches us how to walk?
The Bible teaches that whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6 NIV). It also teaches that we are to keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25). This means learning how to love as Jesus loved so that we can live as he lived. It means striving to become more like Jesus in his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
As a dad, learning to love as Jesus loved is a huge learning curve. And, like children, we will all stumble and fall. However, the good news is that when we fall, we have a heavenly Father who willingly and lovingly picks us up again. He helps us take another step forward.
If you are in a season of blessing as a dad, thank your heavenly Father for his grace. If you are stumbling and feeling like a failure, reach up to our heavenly Father. Let him love you and let him teach you how to take another step.
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