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I Don’t Know the Depths of the Father’s Love For Me, But He Gives Me Glimpses

This morning around 2:45, I was woken up by loud winds and a tornado warning on my wife’s phone. I’m fairly certain I was the only one who woke up, but I was on alert, I suppose. I knew it was possible. I had been up, on and off, throughout the night monitoring the storm, because I knew there were possibilities, and last time, a tornado had hit not too far away. So she and I woke the kids up, piled everyone into the hallway, shut the doors, and turned camping out on the hallway floor into an adventure. There wasn’t much fear this time, the boys are getting used to it, I think, but I spent the hour (or so), being silly and entertaining the ones who stayed awake with silly actions and jokes. As we packed everyone away when the all clear was given from the weather service, I considered God’s love for me.


While I am an earthly, sinful father, I thought of Jesus’ words If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11). I realized that the Father, in these moments, gives me glimpses into His great and limitless love. How often does He watch over me, and I am unaware, as my family was last night? How often does He show His love during tests and trials to keep my attention on Him while the hardship blows through my life? And how did He show His love for Me to restore me to His side? He sent Jesus to die for me, while I was yet His enemy, and Jesus, with His Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection restored me to Sonship with God. I can’t begin to understand the depths of God’s love for me, but I am grateful for the glimpses He gives me.


Ephesians 1:3-23


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.


In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guaranteed of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


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