The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
Behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”Matthew 3:17
Get Your Own Dirt!
A scientist tells God, “We don’t need you anymore. We can now create human life on our own – and probably better than you did, way back when.”
God answers him, “This I’ve got to see. Go to it!”
The scientist and God go outside to a mound of dirt and the scientist starts to fill a human-sized mold with the dirt.
God taps him on the shoulder and says, “Hold it a second. Get your own dirt.”
This devotion is part one of “Father Almighty, based on the fifth message in the series on the Apostles’ Creed called Journey of Belief. In these two devotions we will explore part of what is called the First Article of the Creed.
The Creed is divided into three articles. Can you guess why?
That’s right – for the three persons of the Trinity!
I’ll first briefly cover God the Almighty.
Then I’ll cover God the Father.
Finally, I’ll wrap up with the Biblical truth that God the Father Almighty is our Father Almighty.
God the Almighty
God is “Almighty” in that he can do anything – even create everything you see out of nothing at all, with only a word.
While I’ve always confessed this, for as long as I can remember, I never really realized what it means that God is the Almighty Creator until I went first to Italy and then to the American West.
Many – if not all – of you have seen pictures of the Alps, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or Old Faithful in Yellowstone.
And while it may be true that a picture is worth a thousand words, I believe it is also true that to look at something on a screen – no matter what the resolution – cannot compare to seeing it “live” in front of your eyes.
We confess in the Apostles’ Creed that God the Father made all that we can see and even all that we cannot see.
He is Almighty! God created everything, and God sustains everything.
But exploring this deserves its own message – which I’ll do in the devotions based on the phrase “Maker of Heaven and Earth.”
God the Father
So, let’s unpack a little bit what we mean when we believe that God is the “Father.”
He created all people and so he’s the father of all people.
The Explanation to the Small Catechism says that God “is also the Father of all people because He created them.”
When it says “also” this is a follow-up explanation to “God is the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ and also my Father through faith in Christ.”
In Part 2, we’ll explore more deeply what it means that God is our Father.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being my Father and giving your children the model of fatherhood to follow. I pray that all fathers will come to know you and love their children as you love us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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