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Daughters and Sons

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalms 32:8 NIV

Looking at Facebook this past week, I've seen pictures from friends posted on National Daughters and Sons Days. Seeing the photos of celebrations and gatherings honoring the family is lovely. Often not captured by the lens are all the teaching and instruction–the loving eye moments–that led to that snapshot.

As parents, we try our best to provide direction to our children. Sometimes, we get it right, and sometimes, we may fail–we're human–but it is always done from a place of love. It is not done so we can share "happy moment" snapshots on social media but because we desire what is best for our children.

Our heavenly Father cares no less for us; we are his sons and daughters (it's a big family.) In his love, he has given us scripture to teach us and the Holy Spirit to instruct and provide counsel. He sent his perfect Son, Jesus, to serve as the perfect example of what walking by the Spirit looks like. In accepting Jesus' offer of salvation, we become adopted siblings with Christ.

There is one main difference between our heavenly Parent and our earthly ones–all the teaching, instruction, and counsel given by God are perfect and unwavering.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Ps 19:7-9

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Ps 33:11

As children, we are wise when we listen and are obedient. We get into trouble when we disregard his instruction, do not heed his voice, and are rebellious. When we go down that path, we will find ourselves quickly calling on the spiritual phone, asking for assistance. The good news is God is quick to answer; his loving eye has never strayed from us, and he comes to save us.

Merciful Father, thank you for your love. Even when we stray, you leave the ninety-nine and come to save us. Forgive us those times when we have rebelled against your wisdom. Help us remember your teachings, listen to the Holy Spirit, and walk in Jesus's pure and perfect path. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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