Jun 24, 2010

I Will Walk With You
                                                                          Heb 12:1-9

A story is told on a young man called Jeff. Jeff worked summers for a farmer whose farm was located in a valley a short distance from his home. He would rise up early, walk through a ravine or mountain pass and down into the valley for the day's work.

One evening, as Jeff was returning home, he heard footsteps behind him as he approached the pass. Knowing that robbers sometimes hung out there, he walked faster. The faster he walked, the more rapid become the footsteps behind him. His hands grew clammy from perspiration and his heart beat more rapidly. Finally, a familiar voice pierced the darkness, "Jeff, is that you? I'm your father, and I've come to walk with you!"

What comfort and assurance. "I'm your father, I've come to walk with you!" to help us understand the nature of our relationship with Him, God chose the term "Father" to give us an example. Imperfect, yes, because so many have fathers who have disappointed them, yet in that relationship I see qualities, which, when sifted from human weakness, help us understand how much our heavenly Father cares for us as His children.

A young woman, who had been often abused by her father, once told me, "If God was anything like my natural father, I would want nothing to do with Him," and understandably so, but God's nature assures us of His love, care, and protection, often when we least see or understand it.

Have you ever had the experience of taking your child to the doctor, and holding the child firmly as the doctors’ needle pricked his finger to draw blood? The searching, questioning eyes of the child seem to ask, "Why do you allow me such pain if you love me?" Yet the child clings to his Father, even when his understanding is imperfect. In the same manner, we must trust the loving heart of our heavenly Father.

We must never doubt our Father's love and concern when difficulty and hardship come our way. Through these trials we must still hear His voice saying, "It's your Father; I've come to walk with you."

I you have never known the joy of Father God coming along side you and being there for you please make haste to run to Him. He will never leave you or forsake you!

Romans 10:9-11
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

Romans 5:8--Acts 3:19--John 1:12


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