The Father’s Love

Billy Bray, who was known for his constant Christian joy, once had a very poor crop
of potatoes. He said the devil came to taunt him about his small potatoes and to mock him for continually rejoicing in the Lord. But Billy was up to the confrontation, “There you go criticizing my Father again,” said Billy. “Why, when I served you, I had not potatoes at all.”

Billy had learned that discouraging experiences do not mean that our Heavenly Father loves us less. His love is unchanging. He loves with a Father’s love. Paul wrote to his friends in Thessalonica about the comfort of knowing that the Father loves us: “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work”
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17).

If we should ever be tempted to doubt the Father’s love, we can simply remember that He sent His Son to die for us. Every step of Jesus along the dusty roads of Palestine said: “The Father loves you!” Every lash of the cruel Roman whip in the scourging of Jesus said, “The Father loves you!” The shout of Jesus “It is finished!” as He completed His work of redemption on the cross was really a shout conveying that same wonderful message: “The Father loves you!”

Rest secure in the Father’s love.