Our Father loves to engage us by speaking. This stands in striking contrast to many other religions, whose adherents chant, cut themselves, and offer sacrifices to appease or cajole their gods into acting on their behalf. Many of the manifestations they see are accomplished by the power of the soul. In the Genesis account of creation, no sacrifice was needed on Adam’s part to engage the Father. His daily occupation was to steward what the Father created and to commune with Him. We have no record either of how often this dialogue took place or what they talked about. But we do know it was full and open communion. It was only after sin entered the garden that Adam and Eve hid from the Father. As a result, God the Father slew an animal to provide its skin for Adam and Eve as a “covering” for their sin. The next thing we see is the very first blood sacrifice when Abel brought the best of his flock as an offering to the Father.
Even from this earliest beginning, the purpose of all blood sacrifice was to point to the greatest sacrifice ever made, which God the Father made when He sent His Son to be the Lamb of God who was slain before the foundation of the world. “This is none other than Jesus Christ! The Father has never ceased speaking; His voice has continued to be heard through His chosen servants: the prophets, the apostles, and many others. Our Father wants to engage us. For ourselves, we tend to focus heavily on our own affairs and are thus prone to be misled by vain imaginations. Whenever we act according to what we see, we end up serving idols of our own making. An idol is not just some sculpture or carving of a god made by the hand of man. An idol is anything that takes the place of the Father as supreme in our lives.
The Father, full of grace and abundant in kindness, comes to us regularly to remind us that He is the most caring Father of all. He never abandons His promises or fails to fulfill them. Always, somewhere, the Father has a man, a woman, or a whole generation of people who will listen to Him and engage Him out of their deep love for Him. The Father performs His word through an obedient people, and His Word comes to test our hearts and showcase our faith. To believe in Him when all else fails or is crumbling around us is to have a strong posture in the Father. Why? Our Father has made everything, and everything must submit to the sons of God. When we understand our position as sons, we too can calm a storm; we too can cause fig trees to wither; we too can make the sun stand still; we too can stop the rain. This is not so we can go off on some ego-feeding “power trip” but so we could become a faithful people, a generation of sons who are obedient to our Father.
Whenever there is disobedience, there are countless opportunities for people to change. This is where many people wake up, turn around, take responsibility for their actions, and bend their hearts before the Father. Many others, however, think that this is all a game and continue to dabble in vain imaginations and embrace a carnal, soul-led lifestyle that manifests the works of the flesh; sin, in other words. Our Father is not blinded by these acts committed by wayward people. His Word is a powerful corrective that He sends into the midst of our errant lives and thoughts to bring us to the place of examining our heart introspectively and returning to Him in repentance. The Father speaks His word to the just and the unjust. Those who have Him, know Him, and love Him, abide under a shelter of peace and assurance. They are confidant that the Father will always perform His word as He is not a man that He should lie.