The Lord Is Close

"You know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:11 GNT)

The Bible says that God is a caring Father.

He's compassionate, loving, gracious, and he cares about you.

It's important to note that when Jesus spoke the word "father," he used the Aramaic word "abba." "Abba" is one of the first words that every Middle Eastern child learns, because it means "daddy" - papa, dada, abba. It is the ultimate term of endearment, of closeness, of family. It is an intimate phrase that says there is no barrier between a little baby and a father.

What do we know about our heavenly Father, about our "Abba"? Let me tell you three things today:

First, God is never too busy for you. When you pray, God does not say, "Not now. I'll see you later." God never turns away. He's with you every single day. 

Second, God loves to meet your needs because he's a close Father. The Bible says, "You know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:11 GNT) I hate to admit it, but I am sometimes selfish and self-centered, thinking only of my needs. Yet, as a parent, I love to give to my kids. I love to meet their needs. How much more does God - our perfect Father- want to meet your needs?

Third, God is sympathetic to your hurts. He's never too busy, he loves to meet your needs, and he's sympathetic to your hurts. When you come to God with your pain, he doesn't say, "Oh, come on! Get over it! Put a smile on your face. That's an easy little thing. Get a Band-Aid!" If you've had a tough week, God understands.

The Bible says, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18 NIV). Some of you feel crushed in spirit. What do you do? Turn to God. He is sympathetic to your hurt. He loves to meet your needs. He is never too busy for you. He wants to help you out! He's your heavenly Father.

Talk It Over        

  • God is never too busy for you. How often are you too busy to bring your hurts and concerns to your caring Father?
  • How do you think God cares about the details of your life - the seemingly small and inconsequential things that get you down and rob your joy?
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