I Believe in God the Father  

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. --Jeremiah 32:17

 

We often confess our faith together with the words, "I Believe in God the Father, Maker of heaven and earth.” It is the First Article of the Apostles' Creed. When we speak these words, we are professing that we are in agreement with our brothers and sisters in Christ that the truth of Scripture concerning our Heavenly Father, . . . that He is Creator and Sustainer. He has authority over all things.

When it comes to practical, day to day living, we often want to put that faith aside. We want to be the ones that are in control. We want to be the authority. We believe that if only we were in charge, we would have a better, wiser, more perfect plan. This seems to happen most when we are focused on circumstances rather that the truth about God's character. When we head down the path of believing that WE know best, the inevitable result is that we discover that our wisdom lacks, and that leads to insecurity. However, Scripture continues to remind us that we can trust HIM in all things.

We can trust His ability-

Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think . . . Ephesians 3:20

We can trust Him with the impossible-

Nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37

We can trust His provision-

My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

We can trust His Patience

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

During this month of Thanksgiving, I've concluded that I am thankful for the character of God. I am thankful that I am not in charge and that I can trust Him. I've been down the path of trying to control circumstances by my own strength and wisdom too often. During this month, my devotional time will be spent focusing on Scripture that speak of the Father and His authority and power. I will look for those Scriptures that remind me that the love that He lavishes on me is great (1 John 3:1). When I realize that my ways are not better, wiser, or more perfect I will be led to the Word that breaks through my insecurities and by the Spirit and grace of God leads me to assurance.

He reminds us-

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

 

Thank God for who He is!

Pastor Tommy

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