As a very little girl I have a memory of sitting on a front porch with my dad. I was probably 4 or 5 years old and we were sitting on the edge of the porch. My feet dangled down the side of the porch. I was crying. The boy next door had scared me. For some reason I had been on his porch just moments before. During those few minutes he had placed a frog in my lap and it had terrified me. I sat now crying and shaking and my daddy was listening. I knew he would handle the situation. Would he shoot him? Would he punch him out? Would he rant and rave? I sure hoped so!
I watched as my dad gently and gingerly walk over to the boy still on his porch with his brothers. I could see my dad talking, nodding his head, smiling even and then shaking a hand. I felt proud of my dad. He was there on my behalf. He would handle this situation and it would never happen again. I would bet my life on that! And then he walked back to me. All fixed. All done. No blood was shed. I felt much much better. So thankful for my dad. He would always have my back!
The Good News is that there is another “daddy” out there and He has many names and roles. One of His names is El Roi, which means “the God who sees”.
He sees all and knows all. He knows when we’ve been hurt or when we need encouragment. He knows when we are terrified and when we long for someone to rescue us.
His name is Jehovah Shalom, which means “The Lord is peace.” He is peace and can bring a peace that passes all of our understanding. I have experienced this first hand. I’ve had times in my life where I had a complete peace and knew it was not coming from me. One such time was at the funeral of my dad. So sad to lose him, but also so at peace…knowing this is not the end…we will meet again and share eternity together.
His name is El Shaddai, which means the “all sufficient one”. He is able to handle any and every situation that I will ever face. He is powerful and sovereign and yet takes pleasure in personal relationships with those He has created. He is more than enough.
He is God who loves us and will stand up for us. He will talk to someone on my behalf. He will reroute a situation on my behalf. If shed blood is needed, and it was, He will do that too.
You see My Heavenly Father knew that He loved us from the very beginning. He loved and still loves you. He also knew that we would sin and we have. He is all Holy. He is all good. Sin and God cannot co-mingle. He came up with a plan to send His one and only Son whom He loved to earth. This son would be born into a poor family and learn the trade of a carpenter. He would live a sinless life and die a death where he literally would bare the sin of every sinner onto Himself. He did not deserve this, but chose this and it was no easy choice. Jesus pleaded three times to His Father “if there be another way, but yet not my will but yours”. His Father would for the first and last time forsake Him.
He would go to Hell for you and I and back, and He did.
He willingly shed His blood for us so that through Him we could be saved and brought into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”
“…and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”