Notes from Brother Jay

A current song in the Christian genre’, and one we often sing in Ocilla, is Chris Tomlin’s “Good, Good Father.”  In it, Tomlin describes a complexity often missed by Christian artists and writers, theologians and preachers, parents and teachers.  Tomlin gives us both a fundamental look at the meaning of “relationship,” and a clear statement of the perfection of God.

I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone
You're a good, good father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am*

Not only is God the Creator of all things, including you and me, He is “Love.”    Love only exists in relationship to others who can reciprocate.  We are created by Love, for Love, to love!
Some of our Earthly fathers fell short of the model.  Flawed humans, my default thinking says they did the best they could.  After all they came from flawed stock and grew up with an inadequate model themselves.     

But Tomlin reminds us that is no longer who we are!  We have a new Father!

Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us…
Oh, it's love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think…
As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love*

We don’t have to look for answers, He is our answer, it’s who He is!  We don’t have to struggle with belonging, we are His children, it’s who we are!
Paul’s letters, especially his letter to the Romans offers us greater insight,

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.  15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”  (Romans 8:14-15 NLT)                        


Brother Jay

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