“Meditating on my bed” about the Father’s grace and glory since 4:00, by 6:00 several titles and articles had come to mind. In the Draft file already are Musings vs. Amusements, Seeds of Grace, and Graceful Contentment. Like a child my thoughts run to and fro from one subject to another, but this morning “our Father” has held me close, so that I may delight myself in Him, to know the desires of His heart.
Is this a last stage of His grace for me, or the flourishing of old age, promised in Psalm 92? It really does not matter; each moment of each day is the working of His grace, for all ages and stages of this life. It is mostly in this latter part of life that I am coming to understand God as my Father, but more than this—that He has made me a part of His family; that He is “our Father.” My only sibling is a brother who is eight years older, so my former years were as if I was an only child. There is very little that I remember of his presence as I was growing up. We were latch-key children (actually, living in Pepperell textile mill village, we did not even lock our doors), so, coming home to an empty house was never a pleasant thing. This was one of the main reasons that I never wanted to work outside the home. The few jobs that I had were either temporary, or, as in the building business, during school hours, and mostly building homes in our subdivision.
Enough of those memories—our heavenly Father is displacing those with better thoughts, better things, better promises. I can dwell on those that bring me down, or I can, with Him, walk in the light of His grace, looking up, thinking of those things that He is teaching me in His Word, and confirming by His Spirit of grace. I could stay to myself, and get those dishes done (I am a keeper-at-home). I can, like Mary, sit at Jesus’ feet (and I do). I have a biological family (whom I love more than they know). I have a husband, (with whom I am preparing to be the bride of Christ.) But all of this is within a larger family, an eternal family of which I am a part. Our Father has desired us and sired us as His own to first, love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; from this relationship we love others, whether brothers and sisters in Christ, or those outside the faith. (Matthew 22:37-40; I Thessalonians 3:12-13) It is this relationship with the family in Christ, through which He sustains His people, bringing His kingdom to come here on earth.
It is our Lord Jesus Christ, “the first-born of many brethren” (Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2: 11) who reveals the Father to us. It is the Father who reveals the Son to us. The two are one, and have brought us together in one body with them—in Christ. (John 17:21) In our next post we will ponder how and what Jesus, the Son, reveals to us of the Father.
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father,
and no one knows the Son except the Father
and no knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Matthew 11:27 ESV
In His Grace—for the Father’s glory and our joy. ~ Fran