Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 27, 2017
By Tripp Prince
On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God. Psalm 22:10
God loves families. It is in families that we encounter his promises. It is through families that he shares his loving faithfulness with each passing generation. And for each of us, no matter how complex or broken our family situations may be, it is to our families that God has called us and invited us to be instruments of his peace and goodness.
For some, the words of the psalmist ring true. Since your birth, the Lord has been your God. You were born into a faithful Christian family in which the promises of God were known and shared with you before you could even comprehend or understand them. What a gift! Take time today and give thanks to God for your family, and if they are still living, reach out to them and thank them afresh for the priceless gift that they gave to you.
Yet for others, Psalm 22 feels distant and entirely foreign. It may bring to the surface wounds long hidden. Your early years may have been fraught with brokenness and trial. For you, family memories aren’t cherished or treasured but are confusing, painful, and in need of healing.
Whether your memories of family are joyful or painful, or as is likely for most of us, a combination of both, the Lord invites you today to encounter his perfect love as a member of his family.
At the heart of his being, God is, above all, a family. This is one way for us to understand God as the Holy Trinity. If we are honest, the Christian belief in the Trinity can at times feel abstract and disconnected from daily life. It may not be something that you think about often, and when you do, it is often confusing and perplexing, leaving us scratching our heads and wondering how this relates to a life of discipleship and holiness. However, if we are to grow in our faith, we must see that it is foundational to who we are and all that we do!
Since before time began, God has existed as one God in three persons. God is a community of love. God is a family. And we are welcomed into this family for eternity as his sons and daughters. Your earthly family may have been for you a picture, a taste of this perfect eternal family. And when your earthly family failed to reflect this perfect love, God invites you today to look to him and find healing and hope, learning afresh what it means to belong to him and to one another.
PrayerFather, thank you that you share your love for us through our families. We give thanks for them today, and where we have been hurt by them or have failed to love them as we should, forgive us and heal us, we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ApplicationWhat steps are you able to take today to help your family better reflect to one another and the world the perfect love of God?
Related Reading1 Chronicles 16:28; Psalm 96:7; 2 Timothy 1:5
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