Wednesday July 29, 2020 – The wonder of our Father

Isaiah 6:1-5  1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

I was caught up in the wonder that the God of the universe is our father.  That is such a huge thing it’s difficult to grasp.  The creator of the stars knows each of us by name and made us His own.  Fortunately it’s only my mind that has difficulty grasping it.  In my heart it is a settled issue – not because of what I have done.  It is a wondrous gift from God that He gives to us when we become His children.

On the one hand we have the Glory of His magnificence.  Isaiah saw the LORD Almighty and today’s verses are his description.  What an incredible sight it was.  Earlier the children of Israel encountered God in the wilderness after departing Egypt and everyone in the camp trembled at the sight:  “18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.” (Exodus 19:18)

On the other hand, we have the reality of God being our father.  While we all might come with different experiences in defining what a father is or isn’t, we need to submit those to God.  We are not at the mercy of unfortunate experiences with our earthly fathers.  He will replace them with the reality of what true fatherhood is.  He even allows us to play an important part in that process.  It is something that we can grow in all the days of our lives with Him.

Jesus provides us with the key in John 14:21, 23: “21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

Our Heavenly Father’s love for us is not just a theological reality.  It is an experiential reality that He will manifest in our lives here and now – and for us to enjoy forever.  Isn’t it something to look at the heavens and know that our Father made them?


About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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