Friday, January 15, 2016

Father's Joy

     Elisha John has arrived! His family and oodles of friends are thrilled. A new life has to be one of the greatest reasons ever to rejoice. Jesus said there is joy in heaven over every individual born into God's kingdom. (Luke 15:7) Whatever brings joy in this life is only a smidgen of its counterpart in the spirit.

     Think of what could make a dad about ready to explode with joy. To see the first smile; to hear the first word; to see the first wobbly steps taken; then each new achievement as that little one grows... all of this assuming that the father and child share a loving relationship.

     Indifference is not a possibility where our heavenly Father is concerned. He loves each one of us more than we can begin to understand. Should a child choose to shut Him out of his or her life, Father God will never turn His back on one of us. More than any earthly dad could hope, He has dreams and provisions for His children.

    God watches, waiting to see each son and daughter take that first step toward grasping His outstretched hand filled with every good thing we could possibly need to live in victory. And joy is positively one of them. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that His joy is our strength. His joy... so not an emotion that depends on our circumstances, but joy that is ours regardless.

     What could tickle a young one more than seeing his parent's delight with his accomplishment? Father God's joy is way beyond that of a proud dad cheering in the grandstand. His would most likely be considered undignified by folks in this age.

     The Lord Jesus confessed clearly that He and His Father are one. (John 10:30) Before His crucifixion He spoke words of comfort to His closest friends, He knew it would be a time of great sorrow, but He assured them their sorrow would pass and they would receive joy that no one could take away. (John 16:20-22) Paul said it was because of the joy Jesus knew would be His that He endured the cross. (Hebrews 12:2)

     God is love. His joy and love are bound together. Whether we mature to be everything our Father hopes or not, His love is the same. He is above and beyond any proud papa rejoicing over every one of His children.


  1. Love the idea of our God willing to be "undignified" in his joy over us. It makes me think of the father running to greet the prodigal son. In that culture, any one of importance would NEVER run. Only a servant would do that at his master's beckoning. But joy sets aside all the silly ideas we have about what is proper and what isn't, eh?

    Great message as ever, Mary.

  2. Thanks so much, Mary Lou, and He gives us His amazing joy along with all the other great characteristics of His Holy Spirit.


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