The Heart Of The Father – Day 2

The Heart of the Father

My search for dad devotionals brought this one to the surface for our next study and I am looking forward to hearing and learning from God through this devotional. The introduction caught my attention too as it points to our hearts when things are challenging and what lies the devil to speak that we are vulnerable to accept as truth. We need to be the dads who trust God and persevere! We need to be the dads who know that God is for us and not against us! We need to be the dads who know that God’s plans for us are for good and not for evil, to give us hope and a future! We need to be the dads who know that God’s plans for us should give us life and life more abundantly whereas the devil’s plans are to rob, kill, and destroy us! So let’s grab hold of the author of our devotional’s prayer for each of us, that we will have a revelation of the Father’s heart for each of us!

Today’s devotional gets us started with the following verses:

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ‘

John 3:16-17

‘Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.’

Luke 15:1-7

Let’s reflect on what God’s Word has to say to us as dads before we jump into today’s devotional. God’s Word is alive! God’s Word is ready to teach and train us to be the dads God created and purposed for us to be! So let’s be like our Heavenly Father and lead with love! We see He loved so much that He gave His one and only Son on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! Let’s be the dads who are interested in the eternal destination of the people God has put in our lives starting with our wives, our kids, and then the world around us! We see how God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world but to save it! Let’s be the dads who see our purpose so that we can accomplish it for God’s glory! God’s got a plan for us and for them and it is for our good, their good, and His glory! Let’s not lose them! Let’s not ignore them! Let’s not forget about them! Today’s Word models this when we read about the tax collectors who were viewed so negatively, like Zaccheus, and yet Jesus stopped and that connection and attention from Jesus transformed his life from the inside out forever!

‘Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ‘

Luke 19:1-10

In today’s case where God is sharing the purpose of finding and saving the Lost, we see another use of the tax collectors. The people who were holier than though missed it! The people who were all that and a bag of chips missed it! But Jesus doesn’t want us to miss it! Let’s be the dads who are paying attention to the world around us! Let’s be the dads who are getting filled by God so that we can overflow into the lives of our wives, our kids, and the world around us! Let’s be the dads who are ready and willing to share Jesus with the people God has brought into our lives! Let’s be the dads who aren’t afraid to meet with and pour into people who are in need of Jesus! Let’s be the dads who grab onto Jesus’s parable for today! We have to be ready and willing to seek and save the lost! Let’s be the dads who won’t and don’t give up on people and so will go after the one who is missing! Let’s be the dads who won’t and don’t give up on people and so will continue to look for ways to inject Jesus into their hearts so that they can be saved and healed too! Let’s be the dads who celebrate with them when they see the light and receive Jesus into their hearts and lives as their Lord and Savior! Let’s be the dads who join with the heavenly in rejoicing over one sinner who repents! Let’s not be so interested in a country club feeling of hanging with the saved but instead be interested in being a hospital where we receive and bring healing to people!

Today’s devotional has been provided by Inspirations by Lisa(more details can be found here:

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
(check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

Pastor Lisa Singh is the Senior Pastor at Heavenly Grace Ministries in Queens, New York.

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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional: “His heart longs to find you

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