How did you do with the questions last week surrounding your adoption?
As we begin this study of knowing God as our Abba Father, I want to first mention a couple of things. This pursuit to know our Abba is probably the most important quest you will ever undertake. It is critical not only because it is commanded in Scripture (Matt. 22:37) but also because no one can consistently live above their concept of God. Our love for God and our walk with Him, are both going to be limited by our beliefs about Him. That is one of the primary reasons Jesus Christ came to earth; to show us what the Father is really like (John 14:9).
To begin our journey, let's look at Psalms 68:5; "A father for the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation."
In this verse, please notice that the two segments of society God mentions were both considered at that time to be detriments to that society. They were considered a drain on the common good and worthless members of the society.
What is interesting is that God is referred to, in the same verse, as both a father and as a judge. That sounds a bit like a contradiction. It is not. Remember, all judgment has been placed in Christ. In this verse, the way the word ‘judge’ is used is not as “someone who condemns”, but rather as “one who evaluates worth.” Here, He is evaluating two segments of society deemed worthless by man, as having great worth to Him.
This is true for us today as well. It is never about what we do for Abba, our contributions to His kingdom, or our position in society that makes us worthwhile. It is by His judgment that we are absolutely worthwhile. Don't argue with the judge, His verdict has been given - in our favor!
Thank you, Father.
Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by Pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of past months of messages from Thomas. It is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and Twitter.
You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”
Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription on most every bottle of ScentBlocker product we sell are our outreach. Likewise, for 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.
What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week between 10,000 and 23,000 people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days.
I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!
Knowing God as our Abba Father
March 13, 2014