Good Father vs Bad Father

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Psalms 16:11 ESV

For many, the idea of devoting time getting to know God holds little attraction. How much we enjoy or dislike spending time alone praying is worth considering because it can shed light on what we really believe about God. After all, spending time in the presence of someone who is impossible to please is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Some if they were honest could describe their experiences with personal prayer this way.

When by faith we choose to believe that our God is what He claims, a tender loving father, suddenly our experience in His presence takes on a dramatically different feel. The reason the Psalmist  could declare he found Joy in God's presence was because he knew his Heavenly Father was full of pity, compassion, and love toward him. Rather than an abusive father who kicks his children when they are down, our Heavenly Father longs to scoop us up in his arms and through kindness lead us down better paths. If you allow this picture of God to guide your interactions with Him you will find both joy and pleasure in the very place you may once have only experienced rejection.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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