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The God Who Takes Us Up

If you are a parent, you know the joy that comes when a child needs our help. They run into our arms with a problem or with tears because of an injury. We long and love to help them. But when we need comfort, do we always go to our heavenly Father? Or do we seek other means of consolation?

Psalm 68:5 says, He is “a father to the fatherless.” 1 John 3:1 says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” He has not only identified Himself as our Father, but He tells us how He acts as our Father.

First of all and most importantly, He saves us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” He pays attention to us. “The eye of the Lord runs to and fro throughout the whole earth searching to help someone whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9). In Psalm 94:19, It reassures us that, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.” He cares for us, “Even if my father and my mother have forsaken me, the Lord will take me up.” (Psalm 27:10).

And just like a loving parent, He delights to take us up into His loving arms. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Get alone with your Father and hear His lullabies sung just for you.

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– Mary Atwood