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We care for our children. We know that newborn babies can’t eat cheeseburgers, but they have to drink milk. They gradually progress to cereal, baby food, and then cheeseburgers. God is the same way with us. As newborn Christians, we have to start with spiritual “milk” or very basic principles. 1 Peter 2:1-3 tells us “1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.” As we grow, we can digest the deeper truths, or the “meat” of the Bible.

Parents provide for the needs of their children. I have worried that Natalie didn’t have enough toys to play with, but when I thought about how her toys won’t fit in her two big toy boxes, I realized that she’s not suffering! The Lord provides for our needs as well. The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19 “19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

We nurture and comfort our children. Our Heavenly Father also nurtures and comforts us. He tells us repeatedly in Scripture that He loves us. Jeremiah 31:3 says “3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

We also teach our children. We help them to learn important skills, like sitting up, walking, talking, etc. Children don’t instantly learn how to do these things, but we patiently work with them until they do. When David was a little boy and learning to ride a bike, his dad was walking along beside him. David reached out to grab hold of his dad when he began to fall and accidentially started to pull his pants down! Did his dad give up on his learning to ride a bike? No, he didn’t and David did learn to ride a bike. God teaches us too. His Word instructs us how to walk in this world. Psalm 119:105 says “105 Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Does our Heavenly Father give up on us when we stumble? No! He helps us get back on our feet and keep going.

As a good parent, our Lord has to discipline us when we get out of line, just as we have to correct our own children. Even though our daughter is very small, she already has that inborn desire to get her own way. If this is left unchecked, she will soon become a very unruly and unhappy child. Why do we take the time to discipline our children? Because we love them. The same is true with God. Hebrews 12:5-11 states “5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

Like children, we often don’t thoroughly appreciate our Heavenly Father’s tender care for us. We take for granted His provisions and protection. We resent His loving correction. We doubt His wisdom and even minimize the depth of His sacrifice on our behalf. As we grow from babes in Christ to spiritual maturity, may we grow in our appreciation of Him and understand that our Father truly knows best!

From: Volume 1 - Issue 4


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