See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. I John 3:1
My children never had to question if they belonged to me. They live with me. They saw me daily. I met their needs. I disciplined them. I established boundaries for them. I think they knew that even when I was disappointed in their behaviors, I would always be there for them. And even when I was upset with them, they knew I still loved them.
I know in my heart of hearts that God is a better Father than I can even imagine. He is a better parent all around. I know His grace covered my parenting failures. I know that I am child a child of God. Yet, so often I still have those questions in the back of my mind
Do I really belong to You God?
Do You really love me? I mean I know You love everyone, but does that really include me?
Can You really use me after all the wrong things I have done?
Do you really want to spend time with me?
I realize these are questions about me. Maybe I am the only one in the world that has these insecurities when it comes to my relationship with God. I also believe that is a lie the enemy wants me to keep to myself so that I can feel further isolated and estranged. It is probably something that others question also.
When I think about these questions as a parent, I know my heart would break if any of my children asked me even one of these questions. Even thinking about it, I feel the hurt at my very core. Tears come to my eyes, and I don’t cry easily, if I think of any of my children coming to me with a question of this magnitude about how much they mean to me.
God must have known that His children would ask these questions. He provides so much reassurance in His Word.
Yes, My child you belong to Me.
Psalms 100:3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Yes, My Child, you are loved by Me.
Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Yes, my Child, I have a plan and purpose for your life.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Yes, my child I can still use your life.
Romans 11:29-32 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
Yes, My Child I want to spend time with you.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
I have a Heavenly Father, that allowed His Son to be a sacrifice, to become my sin, that I might be reconciled to Him. He adopted me into His family. He lavishes His love upon me. Yet, I sometimes act like the world who doesn’t even know Him, questioning “Am I your child?” He answers “So you are.”
Prayer – Lord, You love me. You call me Your child. Help me to settle that in my mind. To let my heart rest in Your arms. Let me walk completely, confidently, and consistently in that knowledge.