Psalm 33:13-22 (MSG)
“13-15 From high in the skies God looks around, he sees all Adam’s brood.
From where he sits he overlooks all us earth-dwellers. He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do.
“20-22 We’re depending on God; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on.”
John 14:1-4 (MSG)
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”
I talked to my sister-in-law for a while yesterday. She doesn’t know her father that well, and I know my wife doesn’t know him. I talked to my brother this week and I it struck me that didn’t know my grandfathers or father that well either. It was my problem – I was to hard headed, ears full of me and my mouth running all the time. I really needed to execute on the wisdom of “take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth”, but I didn’t until the time was past for it to matter until the next life. How did my father and grandfather look at me and how badly they must have been praying that I pull my head out of my butt. How much of me is tied up in who they were, their histories, their experiences?
I don’t know my father-in-law. He’s a few feet away now and not far from meeting his maker. I’m not sure if my father-in-law knows Christ. He said the sinner’s prayer a few weeks ago – how far did he go?
We’re the same way with our real father, the father that really matters when the heart ticks it’s last tock. I’ll see my father and grandfather in heaven, and I think I’ll see my father-in-law. They are there because of actions they took, the commitments they made in their lives. I believe I’ll see them because I think I’ve finally taken the cotton out of my ears and put it in my mouth; I listen intently for the word of God in my life and wholly believe Christ is who He says He is – Lord, God, Savior, The Way. I believe His way is the only way. I pray I’ve found the narrow path.
How well do you know your Father?
Do you want to know Him?
Is your Father hoping you’ll do the cotton thing and see the light?