Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {The Father}

We love, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 NASB).

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One year and two months ago, Hurricane Matthew hit the island we call home. Piles of debris lined the streets. Blue tarps covered the roofs of homes in need of repair, and for months afterward FEMA trucks picked up logs, branches, and root balls from the roadside.

Hurricane Irma hit the island this past October. While the wind didn’t do nearly as much damage as Hurricane Matthew, the high water levels were destructive.

We didn’t know the storms were coming, but He did.
Because nothing is a surprise to God.

Our Father loved us before creation. Our Father wrote and continues to write each one of our stories. Our Father created each one of us for a purpose from the beginning, yet He is not a distant Father from the past; He is an intimate Father in the present.

He knows every detail of our lives and He cares about it all.

And everyone needs the presence of a caring father to encourage and love our souls.

We see glimpses of our Heavenly Father in our earthly fathers. Just as good fathers care, nurture, and protect their children, God does the same for us.

However, God is always present. He never gets distracted, and He is never too busy to listen. He is actively engaged in our lives, and He hopes we choose to be still in Him and let Him turn the next page of our stories.

He wants us to trust Him in the good times and let Him turn the pages so that our roots are anchored in our faith when the storms of life arrive, and they will arrive.

When each major storm came to us, hope was the anchor of our souls.

We trusted the Creator of all things created.
We trusted the One who intimately knows us and loves us more than we can imagine.
We trusted that our stories would be woven into His story, which is the greatest story of all time.

So we held on tight, and when He brought us through to the other side, we praised Him for His presence.

Today’s Scripture:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:1-3 NIV). 

God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ (Exodus 3:14 NASB).

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
(Romans 8:15 NASB)

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 6:19-20 NASB).

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2a NASB).

Today’s Snapshot: The Father

He was, He is, and He is to come. Our Heavenly Father has always been present – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Creator of all things created has always existed. God explains Himself as “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14 NASB).  He is the beginning and the end of the big picture of time and all things in between. And He loved us first.

As a parent loves a child from the thought of conception, God loved us unconditionally from the beginning. He is our Creator, He is the Author of our story, and He is the Lover of our soul.

Today’s Family Discussion:

  • What do you call your father? What name do you call God?
  • What is unconditional love? Do you love anyone or anything unconditionally?
  • Do you realize that God is writing your story? How exciting!
  • What do you think your next chapter will be?

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving me first. Thank You for creating me and for sending Your Son to die for me so that we can come together as one together again. I am grateful. As we enter into this Christmas season with hearts full of hope, may we continue to “wonder of your love.” For we know it is amazing. You are such a good, good Father and for that, I am grateful.
In the Precious Name of Jesus, I pray,
Amen

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