Sunday, September 11, 2011

Joseph Prince's Devotional 9-4-11

     I received this devotional from Joseph Prince Ministries last week, but I am just now getting around to posting it.  Since we often have a misguided view of God I think it helps us see Him in a different light.  Even though, in theory we know He is our heavenly father, sometimes we don't follow through to logically understand what that means.  I like the way Joseph Prince explains that God is a good Father.  He loves us and gives only good gifts to His children--just as any good father would do.

        Imagine the following scenario: A father tells his little girl, “Come here, girl.  Mummy says that you have been playing by the roadside.  Is that true?” “Yes, Daddy. I am sorry.”  “Sorry?  How many times have I told you not to play near the road?  Come here!  Lie down on the road and stretch out your legs!”
        Daddy drives his car over his little girl’s legs.  You can hear the sound of bones being crushed and the poor girl screaming in pain!
        “Now, darling, you know that Daddy loves you.  And Daddy did that to teach you a lesson, that playing by the roadside is dangerous.”
        You are probably shaking your head in horror by now, wondering which sick father would do that.  Yet, there are many Christians who believe that our heavenly Father does the same thing.  They say that He gives people sicknesses, accidents, earthquakes and death to teach them lessons.
        But Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”  Jesus is the nature of God in action.  Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus or God going about healing the sick.  If God wants some people sick, then there should be at least one incident in the Gospels where you see Jesus saying, “Behold, your complexion is too lovely, receive leprosy,” or “Blindness is good for you.  Remain blind.”  But no, never once! In fact, Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil”. (Acts 10:38) That’s the heart of God.
        As a father, if your child is sick and in pain, your heart just wants him well. How much more your heavenly Father!  My friend, God does not give your child a sickness to teach both of you some lesson or to glorify Himself. To think so is to talk out of a warped mind bound by religion!  And Christianity is not a religion.  It is a loving relationship with your Father in heaven.
       Beloved, hear God speaking this to your heart today:  “I will never punish you for your sins because they have been punished in My Son’s body.  I do not wish you ill.  I will not take away your child or give you a car wreck to teach you some lesson.  My heart always wants My children well and joyful!”