Sunday, July 12, 2009

Devotional: Who Is God to You?

Who Is God to You?

By Marsha Iddings

Deuteronomy 32:6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

We see several things here about God.

He is our father.

He is our father in a general sense.

In a general sense, God is the father of the whole human race in that He brought the human race into existence when He created Adam.

Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

He can be our father in a spiritual sense.

Spiritually, God adopts people into His family and He becomes their father. We see this in Romans 8:15, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

Not all people are God's spiritual children.

It follows that if God adopts people into His family that there are those who are not his children. This is seen in Jesus' indictment of the Pharisees.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

He has bought us.

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

He has made us.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

He establishes us.

Without Him none of us would be able to accomplish what we do.

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

In light of these truths, the question is asked: "Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise?"

The Good News Bible paraphrases it like this, "Is this the way you should treat the LORD, you foolish, senseless people?"

It is important for us to remember where we come from and Who sustains our lives. When we do we will want to humbly honor the Lord instead of going our own ways and dishonoring Him.

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