They say that the best way to really know someone is to spend time with that person; and if possible, go through several trying times and challenging situations. Then you will know his true nature. So if you are wondering who God our Father really is, if He really loves you, if He really is for you, if all His promises of provision, protection and salvation are true, then the only way to find out is to spend some real quality time with Him and let Him unveil to you His true nature and His love for you. But if you would like to see some precedence, then the report of King David is a good place to start.

As a boy, David rose to fame by defeating the Philistine Giant, Goliath. During the fight, he famously said this.

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

As a man, David fell into sin when he murdered his trusted general Uriah just so that he could have Uriah’s wife.

So we can certainly count David as one who has spent his entire life with The Lord and have gone through some truly rough patches with Him. Yet, after it all, David pens this report.

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:1-5

God our Father knows us through and through. He knows when we are walking, when we are resting, where we are heading and what makes us tick. He knows exactly what we are going to say before even we say it. So ladies, our Father really is the only man who can comprehensively finish your sentences the way you meant it, all of the time.

Yet, our Father still puts His hand of protection around us.

The reason why I say ‘yet’ is because we know we are not perfect. It is often said, ‘you go to bed with someone and wake up next to someone else.’ And if we are honest, this is true of us. We, sometimes would not even be friends with ourselves. We are willful and self-centered, always wanting it our way; and sometimes it can be rather frustrating putting up with ourselves. Yet, our Father, not only puts up with us, He still protects us, behind and before, and covers us with His protection. But why does He do that? Why will He do that?

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16

Because He knows full well not only our nature, He knows our fullest potential, He knows what we are truly capable of, because He made us and He was the one who put that capacity in us. Beloved, we need to remember that for us who have been called,

“…we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

That is why we know that our days have been fashioned by Him and written in His book of life even before we were born. So, it is not by accident that you believe. It is not the work of some powerful preacher that made you believe. Sure, they may have been the ones to carry and convey the message of His love for you. But our Father was the one who destined you to be His. For Jesus said,

“No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” John 6:44 [AMPC]

Yet, He still put the responsibility, the choice to respond to His call, in our hands. And because you have responded, the days which our Father have fashioned especially for you can now be fulfilled. His plans and His future of prosperity for you can now be realized, because remember, our Father, Himself, said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
You see beloved, the situation is rather like this. When we send our children to school, they get exposed to various influences; despite our best intentions, teachings and instruction. So we keep close watch on them, we monitor their progress, we guide them and instruct them as best we can, till they get tired of our nagging and tell us to give them some space. But we know that while they are in that ‘space’, the will fall to temptation and bad company, but all we can really do is wait till they are ready before we receive them, clean them up, love them and help them out of their troubles, right? Any time before then, they would not be receptive.

So similarly, if you have been going through some difficult times, it is not that our Father left you alone. It is not that our Father stopped caring. It is because, we, in our hearts, did not want Him around. We did not want His ‘nagging’. We wanted Him to give us space. And we show Him this by relying on our own efforts. For remember that Jesus Himself said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being 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 7:7-11

Our Father stands ready to give. But how can you receive if you are not ready and willing to receive? How can you be ready and willing to receive if you do not believe that He is willing to give? No wonder then, Jesus said,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

Believe in Jesus, believe that He loves you and believe in His promises for you.

And our Father is not some distant God, far away in His high tower, or on His white horse. Neither is He too busy for you. For David said,

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.” Psalm 139:7-12

Every Breath You Take comes to mind, doesn’t it? Right Here Waiting doesn’t even cut it; because wherever you go, our Father is there with you. Everywhere you tread, He is there to lead you and hold you and uphold you in times of trouble, for just like He was the light for Israel in the pillar of fire when they crossed the desert after their exodus from Egypt, so too is He your light when the night of your life comes.

Beloved, spend some time and get to know our Father better. Know Him, know His love for you, for He is thinking about you all the time.

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18

My friend, if you are looking back on your life now and you are beginning to see our Father working in your life; if you are starting to realize that indeed, His hand has led you, and His right hand has held you; and you would like to respond to His call on your life right now, then say this to our Father,

“Father, thank You for calling me. I know that I would not have been able to come to this point if You had to put Your call in my heart. Thank You for hedging me behind and before, throughout my life, even when I did not realize it, even when I did not deserve it, even when I did not want it. Thank You Jesus, that even before I knew I wanted Your salvation, You went to the cross for my sake and died so that in You, I too may die to sin. Thank You Jesus, that even before I knew I needed Your salvation, You bled on the cross so that Your blood shed may give me full and complete remission of all my sins. Truly Your thoughts for me are precious, Father. And I rejoice that from this point forth, I will walk in the good works which You have prepared for me, for I am Your beloved child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

There is no need to wonder anymore. God our Father loves you. And the more time you spend with Him, the more He will surely show you.

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