I will confess I've been a worrier lately. We are making life changes - stepping out in faith to start a ministry to serve foster kids who are aging out of the foster care system. We're taking a very personal approach. We want to have a property that we share with them, so that means we need to move, uprooting our kids and leaving our community, for what is right now, not much more than a hope and a dream.
What if no one supports us or helps us and we find ourselves inadequate to the task?
What if it fails and we give up so much for nothing?
In my last post I began to look at the creation story to see if we can find the fatherly attributes of our unchanging, eternal Creator. Genesis 1:27 says, "God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him; male and female he created them." It was them creating us; the first Parents, the three in one God, making the first children. Here are some of the qualities of a good parent I see demonstrated by God at creation.
In the beginning, all was perfect. To summarize Genesis 1, God created Heavens, Earth, light, darkness, time, the sky, the waters, dry land, vegetation, the stars, sun, moon, and animals. The Hebrew is ELHOIM, which is plural - indicating the Trinity. God created by the Word, saying "Let there be... Let the waters... Let the earth." But when it came to humanity, God said, "Let us." There is an emphasis on the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit creating humanity in their image. In Genesis 1:26, God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them.." Genesis 1:27 says, "God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him; male and female he created them." It is them creating us; the first Parents making the first children. But He is not as man, God is three in one. God is one eternal divine nature with three persons, unified and distinct in ways that are beyond human understanding.
I believe that your hope for growth, meaning, and fulfillment as a Christian is based on your understanding of who you are - specifically, your identity in Christ as a child of God. Your understanding of who God is and who you are in relationship to Him is the critical foundation for your belief system and your patterns of behavior patterns as a Christian.
- Neil T. Anderson
(p 24, Victory over the Darkness)
No one gets out of childhood unscathed. We were all raised by humans, who sin, who fail, and who have their own faults and inadequacies that keep them from being the parents we needed. Some parents fail more spectacularly than others. And some of their children are more acutely aware than others. Consequences vary, but one thing is sure, there is brokenness. This brokenness reaches into the ways we view and relate to God the Father. My hope in the next few blog posts is to reveal who the Good Father is and how we are meant to relate to Him in Christ. I'm not entering into this as one knowing, but one searching, and hoping you'll join in the conversation - so that we may help and encourage one another as members of the body of Christ.