NO LONGER AN ORPHAN
The world is an orphanage! That’s true.
Have you ever considered the impact of Jesus’ words…
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you… No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.
John 14:15-16, 18 NLT
When the Holy Spirit left Adam on the day that he chose to go his way, he became an orphan and so did every person born into the world since Adam. What a tragedy!
There are biological fathers aplenty. In today’s promiscuous world, men breed children by the thousands and leave them to grow up fatherless with no name, no identity, no security, and no heritage to pass on to their offspring.
In this climate of anchorless people, Jesus’ promise must have a powerful meaning in our lives. Only those, whether they have or had human fathers in their lives or not, have a perfect Father when they become children of God through faith in Jesus.
Jesus promised a permanent place in His family. He gave us a permanent, indwelling representative of Himself and the Father, His Spirit, to affirm and assure us of His love and to guide, protect, and provide for us throughout life’s journey.
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”
Romans 8:15-16 NLT
Get hold of that! If you believe in Jesus, you are no longer an orphan. You have a Father who loves you passionately, knows you intimately, cares for you tenderly, and protects your fiercely. What more do you need?
“Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever. They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.”
Psalms 37:18-19 NLT
Thank you, Father God, for the reassurance that you are the only and true father that I need.
I know that my own father failed to be perfect because he is part of fallen humans. I forgive him for all his shortcomings, however they affected me. I release him from the debt he owes me.
I acknowledge that my debt to you is far greater. Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for your great gift of salvation, and for the grace you supply to help me in all my weakness.
Thank you for Jesus who came to reveal to the world and to me what a great Father you are.
Please help me, Father, my Abba, to live every day in the knowledge that you are my real father, and that you are Yahweh, everything you say you are. I am not an orphan! I am your beloved child.