Imagine a new father preparing for the arrival of his first child. He buys all the items for the nursery—a little bed, pint-sized blankets and adorable, tiny stuffed animals. He paints the room (after all his wife is too pregnant to do it), assembles the changing table and pays all the hospital bills for the delivery. Finally the baby is born.
Ironically, this little person has no idea how much time and preparation has been made in anticipation of his arrival, nor can he perceive how much his father loves him. He’s just a baby. He feels hungry, wet, and uncomfortable, you name it. He doesn’t know that in the midst of his troubles, his father hovers over him smiling. He doesn’t know the bottle is on the way; his diaper is about to be changed. You see he doesn’t really have the ability to focus his new-born eyes on his father’s face. Not yet. But his father searches that little face every day waiting for the first smile, the first sign of recognition, the first time his child notices him.
God is just as pleased to hear from you, as you are when you discover him. It’s not hard to hear from God. Just take a moment to be quiet. Focus on everything that inspires thanksgiving—the beauty of your child’s face, the crisp blue of the autumn sky, the way a November wind rustles the leaves or the ability to share laughter with friends. All of these are gifts from God, plus countless others, created just for you—his child.
God is an awesome Father who delights in his children. God is not hard to find. He is waiting on you to notice him. The first step to having a relationship with God is to believe that he exists. That takes faith.
Hebrews 11:6, King James Version
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Your faith will be rewarded with the joy of knowing God loves you and is willing to help you. No matter what you’re facing, God the Father loves you.
Romans 8:38-39, Living Bible
“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.”
Here are just five of the many ways God loves you:
- God goes out of his way. He leaves ninety-nine perfectly good sheep to find the little lost sheep who has strayed from His care. If you’re lost, God is looking for you right now. (Matthew 18:11-13)
- God gives way too much. God sent his only Son Jesus to die for your sins, so He would not have to punish you for your sins. All you have to do is repent and accept Jesus’ sacrifice as a gift. (John 3:16-17)
- God does good things for no reason. He sends the sunshine and rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:44-46). He forgives every prodigal son, who takes his blessings and wastes them on selfish living. Then, he throws a big party to celebrate when his child comes to their senses! (Luke 15:11-24)
- God trains you. God knows that good parents discipline their children. If He sees you going in the wrong direction, there will be correction. But, God’s discipline doesn’t condemn you—it leads to godly character. (Hebrews 12:5-11)
- God visits your world. God walked and talked with Adam in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-19). God shared his plans with Abraham and valued his opinion (Genesis 18:17-23). God wants to have a relationship with you too. He loves to hear about your day and your concerns. He wants you to be able to say what Jesus said… “Father I thank you because you always hear me…” (John 11:40-42)