Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
What is the greatest news you’ve ever been given? Think really hard about it and give an honest answer to that question. Now think about why it is that this was such great news. Now, turn your attention for one moment to news that’s even better than the best news you can think of.
Because God loved the world He had created, He sent Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) to live a perfect, sinless life and to die a sinner’s death in our place. We deserved to be treated with the cruelty He receive. We earned the penalty that He paid. He took on our sin and gave us instead His own righteousness, granting us access to God. What news is this!
Not only are we forgiven by a just God, which is wonderful, but we are now His own children, adopted into His family. Not only is He our Father, but the language used in this text is so intensely beautiful as the writer describes God as our “Abba,” which means “daddy.” God isn’t a harsh, demanding father who is waiting for us to mess up so He can punish us. We’re not under Him as slaves, but as His children. He’s our Daddy who loves us and cares about us. We can approach Him without fearing His response. What a perfect way to understand our relationship to our Creator and Redeemer.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
We must be careful in this day and age where we have seemingly limitless information available to us that we don’t think we know everything. It’s really pretty easy to get all up in our own heads, thinking that the knowledge we’ve collected over the years about God somehow makes us experts on Him. For those who do a lot of Bible study, the danger can be even more likely to occur.
The problem with thinking that we have God all figured out is that we lose our awe of Him. We lose sight of the fact that it’s God who created even the most intricate details of life, some we have yet to discover. There are universes upon universes and we only know a tiny fraction about our own. How can we think we have it all figured out?
The thing is, we finite humans will never be capable of knowing all that makes God who He is. We’ll never be able to figure out all that He’s made. There’s so much left for us to discover, and yet, we’ll still only be touching the surface. God is more than we can understand. He’s more than we can imagine. He’s beyond our abilities. We need to do is acknowledge that some things remain a mystery and revere God all the more because of it.
Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
Do you ever fear the future? Are you afraid to give any thought to what will happen to this world when the end comes? Are you thinking right now as you read this that the end times already have come?
The Bible has a lot to say about how things end, some of them may seem a little unnerving because of their unfamiliar nature (flying creatures with eyes on their wings and whatnot), but there’s great news about it all. God is the author of all things, from creation to His appointed end time.
There’s nothing to worry about! Nothing ends apart from the way God wants it to come to completion. None of it ought to scare us. Even though there’s talk of earthquakes and the sky becoming dark, wars, and famines, we know who is in control of it all. We know who wrote the ending before the beginning.
God is good, He is in control, He is perfect in all His ways. He will bring all things to their necessary completion for your life, for my life, and for the world as we know it. Keeping in mind the nature and character of the Father alleviates fear of the future.