This morning while spending time with “Dad,” He really opened my eyes about my emptiness.
First(before I get started), a question: since we have the same “heavenly Dad,” have you visited Him lately? You know, He’s an awesome listener and He really wants to catch up with you. He wanted me to let you know He’s always there, no locks on the door, just walk on in an make yourself at home.
Now, coming clean: I have an issue with emptiness and what to do with it. Do you have that? Be real, sometimes the busiest people are the most empty. They are just the ones that have access to a lot of stuff to throw into their pit. Their pit is just as empty as yours and mine. The sad thing is, the pit has no bottom so everything they throw in will eventually fade into the abyss.
The way it was explained to me is that we had a full access to our heavenly Dad until Adam and Eve decided that they were smarter than the Creator. They screwed everything up with disobedience (I can so relate to that) and caused a huge chasm between us and God. The story did not end there as our heavenly Dad loved us too much to leave us all by ourselves.
Can you imagine being a parent, having a kid that messed up so badly that it rocked not only the life you once knew, but the entire world! You wouldn’t stop loving them, would you? You may hate their actions, but never your child–they are part of you.
So it was with our heavenly Dad. We were on one side, Him on the other. What could He do to bridge that horrible divide so we could run home? What about the “mess up”? Even if your child was sorry for their screw up, there are natural consequences that have to take place: jail time, tough sacrifices to pay for dumb expenditures of time, money, or for the life of one that may not have been not planned, but loved immeasurably by Grand Designer.
What do you do with that?
Our heavenly Dad did the greatest sacrifice of all: He gave one of His own, part of Himself, to take that natural consequence upon Himself and pay it in full. What that looks like is YOU would do the jail time for your child. YOU would pay the millions back. YOU would help support and raise the precious but unplanned child. Honestly, though, those are earthy consequences.
That’s what he did for us, but on an even greater scale.
1 John 4:10 “ In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath].”
He dropped a hulking cross into that pit and the cross bar caught both sides of the divide. One thing, though: He was nailed to that cross. Imagine the tearing of the flesh and intense pain when the cross bars hit. He endured…just so we could come home from the mistakes we chose to make. That is immeasurable love. That is also eternal scarring. The Bible says Jesus still has the nail marks in his hands.
The crazy thing to me is how many people chose to not go to “Dad.” I cannot imagine having access to all the answers I’ll ever need, more love than I could ever dream, and then choose to IGNORE, DENY, or QUESTION it. “Is it real?” “Is HE real?” “Is it just a nice story?”
This blows me away. People say,”If He would do miracles like they said he did in the Bible, I would believe.”
He does them all the time. Google, “modern day miracles” or pick up a “Guide Post” magazine. People could see the miracles…if they really wanted to…they could cross that bridge…if they really wanted to.
You know what? If you really wanted someone to love you for who you were, would you show them your trophy room to try and prove how valuable you are? Is that what you want you relationship based on: what you have accomplished or you can do for them ? But in reality, isn’t that what the world says? “What can God do for me?”
That’s not a relationship, that’s a sugar daddy.
Anyway, “Dad” opened my eyes today and reminded me that I have been staring into the abyss instead of coming over and visiting (spending time in prayer and with other believers). He told me my emptiness was by the choices I have been making and, unfortunately, he nailed me.
That’s why He’s my heavenly Dad: He’s not afraid to get in my face and set me straight.
Has He done that for you lately? I’d love to hear about it.
Until tomorrow: Blessing!