OOPS, DADDY’S HOME.

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OOPS, DADDY’S HOME.

There was a Thai movie on the tele the other day. The Thais make excellent horror flicks and this was no exception. Plot was simple. Boy fancies girl, boy drugs girl and just as boy was about to have his way, girl has an epileptic fit and dies. Then she haunts him throughout the movie. Predictable and familiar, I know. Which says a lot about how the values of the world have changed so much since its perfection in Eden. But that is another message for another time. Instead, what was interesting about this movie was the fact that right from the beginning of his ordeal, the boy’s father had already been calling him on his mobile.

The boy had taken his father’s car and brought his friends, and the girl, to his father’s summer villa. So it is not difficult to imagine the boy’s father getting concerned when he came home and saw the car gone, his son gone and the keys to their summer home gone. Now we all know what the boy did when his father called, each and every time his father called, don’t we? He answered once, then hung up. He ran. In fact, there was once when the boy saw lights coming up the drive way and thinking that it was his father, he went and hid himself. So here’s a question for you. If you were the boy, you snuck out of the house, partied with your friends at your father’s summer villa, killed someone there because you had ill intentions, then your father calls; what would you do?

“And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”” Isaiah 12:4-6

No way. I just killed someone. Call my father? Never mind praise his name, right? I hazard to guess that if we were ever found in a similar situation, our response would be rather similar to theirs.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”” Genesis 3:8-10

Poor Adam. The man had no transportation, and he sure couldn’t out run an omnipresent God. The devil indeed told Adam many things. He just neglected to teach him how to run. But jokes aside, we find Adam’s response familiar, don’t we? Because that is the very first thing we will do when we are faced with the guilt of our misdeeds. When we sin, Satan is first to pounce on us and when he does this to us, like he did to Joshua,

“Then [the guiding angel] showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at Joshua’s right hand to be his adversary and to accuse him.” Zechariah 3:1 [AMPC]

We run. But you know what, beloved? There’s just no need to run from our Father. Because just like what He did for Joshua,

“And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”” Zechariah 3:2

So too does our Father stand ready to protect us from the accuser right at this very minute, and every other minute before and after this minute, for that matter, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And since, Jesus is in the Father, and the Father in Him (John 14:11), the words that He spoke, He did not speak on His own authority; but the Father who dwells in Him did the works (John 14:10), therefore, he who has seen Jesus has seen the Father (John 14:9). So our Father is also the same yesterday, today and forever.

Now think back to that boy in the movie. His father was a General in the Army, and in Thailand, that means that he was well-connected and could have saved the girl’s life and easily solved the problem for his son. In fact, there could even have been a beautiful romance, once they got past the fact that he drugged her, that is. But regardless of the outcome, it surely would have been better than killing the girl he fancied and being haunted by her. True?

So what more us, who are children of the Most High God? Who can be more well-connected than Him? And what is even more beautiful about Him is that when we are in trouble, the first call that we get is always from our Father. And what does He say? ‘What were you thinking?’ ‘What a mess you created?’ What did He say to Adam?

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”” Genesis 3:9

That’s right. ‘Where are you?’, the same thing that our fathers would ask in the natural when they found out that we are in trouble. ‘Where are you?’. Now this does not mean that we have escaped from His line of sight. This does not mean that we have escaped from His knowing. He is omniscient and omnipresent, of course He knows just where we are. But what He wants is for us to realize that we are lost and have stepped away from His presence.

And when we respond to Him by telling Him all the evil things that the devil said to us, just like He did in the garden,

“So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”” Genesis 3:10-11

He says to us, ‘Who told you?’ Who told you, you were guilty? Who told you that I would be upset with you? Who told you that you ought to do the world a favor and put a gun to your head? Who told you?

You see beloved, back in the day, Israel did some properly upsetting things and our Father was hurt. And because Israel never turned, because they never realized their mistake, our Father had to send a wake-up call before things got worse.

“Inasmuch as these people refused
The waters of Shiloah that flow softly,
And rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son;
Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them
The waters of the River, strong and mighty—
The king of Assyria and all his glory;
He will go up over all his channels
And go over all his banks.
He will pass through Judah,
He will overflow and pass over,
He will reach up to the neck;
And the stretching out of his wings
Will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.” Isaiah 8:6-8

Yet, right in next chapter, comes these famous verses of comfort and deliverance.

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7

And that is why the prophet Isaiah says,

“And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”” Isaiah 12:4-6

For on that very same day, you will also say,

“Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’” Isaiah 12:1-2

And you know what, beloved? What is even more comforting than this is the fact that that day has already come. Jesus has already come.

So “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

For already “…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

And by that act, Jesus has already drawn us closer to God, removing the barrier that was once between us, so that now,

“…in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

So if you are ever in trouble, and our Father calls, don’t hang up. If you see the lights of his chariot driving up the drive way, don’t run and hide. He is not angry with you, because when Jesus took your sin on the cross, He has no more reason to be. He is not there to judge you for your sin, because when Jesus took your sin on the cross, He has no more sin left to judge. So there can only be one reason why He is calling, one reason why He is home. That is to rescue you from yourself and your circumstance. Sure, you caused it. Sure, you were solely responsible. Sure, you did it willfully and out of spite. But God did not qualify the class of sins that were to be borne by Jesus. Read it again.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:5 [AMPC]
Any guilt, and all transgressions, iniquities and chastisement, all fell on Jesus.

And friend, if you see our Father calling, if you see the lights of His chariot coming up the drive, if you hear the knocking at the door, it’s Jesus and this is what He is saying to you.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And when you have received Him and invited Him in,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

You will overcome the situation that you are facing right now because it won’t be you who is doing the overcoming, He who is in you will overcome all things. And once that is done,

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21

So if you want to finally accept some help for that situation that you are facing right now, then say this to our Father.

“Father, thank You for coming. Thank You for calling. Jesus, thank You for knocking. I know I have done wrong. But I also know that Jesus, You bore all my sins on the cross so that now, I can be confident that You are not here to get me. You are here to get me out. My situation is bleak. I know I have strayed. Yet I know that because of your blood shed, Jesus, I have received full remission of sins. Because of your body broken, Jesus, I have complete healing in mine. And because I have now received the righteousness of Christ, Father I am in eternal right standing with You. So pull me out Father and help me through my circumstance. For I know that all things are now well because You are here. Amen.”

Beloved child of God, there is no reason for ‘oops’ when we see our Father come up the drive, because He only ever comes to save and to bring us closer to Him. So look with eagerness and excitement at being in His presence eternally for that is how loving a Father you have.

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