“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.”
There are absolutely endless benefits in the salvation we have in Christ, but one of my favorites is being able to call the God of the universe my Heavenly Father. To know that He loves me too much to allow me to not be a part of His family. This family of His that will be together forever in glory.
I need held, guided, counseled and received. No matter how special our earthly fathers are to us, they should never be held to such high standards. We are far too needy for them. Only our Heavenly Father can “continually” be with us and give us what we need – forever.
When Jesus taught us to pray, in Matthew 6:9, He taught us to address God, His Father, as “Our Father, which art in Heaven.” How amazing this is. Jesus, who is about to die for us to have this privilege. He is willing to share His Father with us, to welcome us into His family, when we have absolutely nothing to bring to it but brokenness. This is love that is perfect and I can’t praise Him enough for it.
I can remember, when I was a little girl, the sound of my father’s pick-up truck as it made it’s way up the hill to our farmhouse. Many times he worked late and I would be in bed, but I could rest better knowing he was home. Good fathers leave memories like that. Some of you may not have good memories of your earthly father and my heart aches for you. Let me tell you that your Father God wants to hold your hand and show you what a good parent He is.
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” Psalm 27:10
I hate to think this but, no matter how good our parents are here, they will never be enough to take care of all of our needs at all times. They can only hold our hands for so long. But our Heavenly Father will always be with us. His limitless love and power and peace will guide us and keep us, forever.
He is always there, standing at the door of our hearts, desiring to come and dine with us through prayer. (Rev. 3:20) When we are at the place of realizing how helpless we truly are, we can finally truly pray and our Father is always listening and ready to work in our lives according to His perfect will. Be that little girl, reach up with your right hand and take hold of Your Heavenly Father’s hand and go where He leads you today. I am.