God has many names such as El Shaddai (God Almighty), Yahweh, Jehovah, Jehovah-Rapha (The LORD is my Healer), Jehovah-Jireh (The LORD is my Provider) and the list goes on and on. It’s amazing that we have a loving God that refers to us as His children, meaning that He is our Father. A good father loves, cares for, teaches and disciplines their child.
Parents love their children so much that they’d do anything for them. Jesus clues us in on that in perhaps the most quoted Bible verse ever in John 3:16: "For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
I held a conversation with some friends the other day about God and I realized that God had forsaken Jesus on the cross, but tells us He will never forsake us. He had to forsake Jesus because sin separates us from God. God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, up for us and left Him, but told us He will never leave us. It reminds me of his promise in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord, your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”
God loves us more than we can ever imagine. We know God cares for us because He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins while knowing that not everyone would repent and accept Him as Lord and Savior. His love for us is unconditional and it’s not subject to any conditions. Paul states so in Romans 5:8: “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
God didn’t just leave us here to figure things out on our own. He gave us the Holy Spirit and the Bible. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Guide, and Counselor. John 14:26: “But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you.”
I am sure you have heard somewhere that the Bible stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth and it would seem so because it teaches us how to live a life that’s pleasing to God. Paul helps us understand as much in 2 Timothy 3:16: “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.”
When I was a child after I got disciplined, my dad would always tell me “I’m only doing this because I love you” and it never made sense to me. It wasn’t until I got older when I realized discipline is good for a child. Hebrews 12:6-7: “For when He punishes you, it proves that He loves you. When He whips you, it proves you are really His child. Let God train you, for He is doing what any loving father does for His children. Whoever heard of a son who was never corrected?”
After getting disciplined you think twice about doing what you know would get you in trouble. The point of discipline is to produce a change in you. God disciplines us because He loves us and wants us to change. He wants us to get on and stay on the right path. He truly is a good, good Father.