Sunday, June 18, 2017

Greatest Father of them all - Let us obey and honor Him


Happy Father's day to all you Father's or there. As I thought about great fathers, my mind was drawn out in love and appreciation to our Father in Heaven. In church, a scripture I love was mentioned in a talk. 

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/3?lang=eng

I can only imagine what that would be like. I love Abraham and Isaac and the lesson taught through their experience. Abraham received from God a promise of seed that could not be numbered, and yet his wife was barren. Then after countless prayers and wondering how such a promise was to be fulfilled, his wife was blessed with a son in her old age. After many years of thanksgiving and enjoying the anticipated means to fulfill the promise given by God, God commands him to sacrifice his son on the alter. Interestingly, earlier in Abraham's life, God sent an angel to stop his father from offering himself as a sacrifice. He surely must have been confused and sad at this command from the Lord, and wondered how then would the promise be fulfilled. And yet he had sufficient faith to perform the sacrifice, and according to some Apocrypha writings Isaac was not a child and submitted willingly to the command of the Lord. Thankfully, the Lord was just testing Abraham. Ultimately, we learn to a very small degree, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son." 

This Father's day, let us remember our earthly father's and of course, the greatest Father of them all, even God the Father, and have the courage to obey and honor Him at all times and in all places that we may be in. 

Craig.


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