Friday, April 26, 2013

The Father of Suffering Children

Seth (2006-2008)
I watched a video, one day, that pierced me straight to my heart. (Just thinking about it, and the many other families in this world who walk that same path, makes tears well up in my eyes.) It featured a child, so energetic and healthy looking, who through the course of the flick gradually becomes so frail and weak...with eyes too tired to keep open and head too heavy to hold up. For me, it stands for all the children, so fearfully and wonderfully made by God, who have just one last Christmas, or a final wish, etc. and are gone too soon. Though I am a stranger to them, my heart breaks into a million tiny, little pieces! What an immense burden to carry for both child and parent.

And what about the grown offspring whose guardians are either deceased or simply not around? Who stays beside him/her in that greatest time of need? At first I was choked up, and mad even, that a human being could be left to die alone. But then a warm feeling washed over me as I thought about God, our Father, being right there, never failing, loving, nurturing, merciful, mighty to save. No one is EVER alone (unless he/she is apart from God...and even then, I feel, He is still present).

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6. ESV.)

Like with the Israelites who were fleeing Egypt...He was a pillar of smoke by day and fire by night. He is unchanging, ever present, and all knowing. He is like the wind that brushes our hair from our face or the sun that gently touches and warms our skin.

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."
(Revelation 4:11 ESV)

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
(Numbers 23:19 ESV)

Regarding God's omnipresence (His ability to be all present), author Wayne Grudem describes it like this,
Just as God is unlimited or infinite with respect to time, so God is unlimited with respect to space.... God's omnipresence may be defined as follows: God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places....

There is nowhere in the universe, on land or sea, in heaven or in hell, where one can flee from God's presence....

We must also be careful not to think that God himself is equivalent to any part of creation or to all of it. A pantheist believes that everything is God, or that God is everything that exists. The biblical perspective is rather that God is
present everywhere in his creation, but he is also distinct from his creation. How can this be? The analogy of a sponge filled with water is not perfect, but it is helpful. Water is present everywhere in the sponge, but the water is still completely distinct from the sponge. (Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Zondervan. 1994. Pgs. 173-175.)

God, our Father, is with each and every one of us, daily.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17 ESV)
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