Our family was sitting at the dinner table a few nights ago and it seemed that my daughter was choosing to do just about anything other than obey! She had to go to the bathroom, then she realized everyone absolutely needed more napkins, then her booster seat was not quite in the right spot…and so on. On most nights we do not have a dinner schedule, but on this particular night, we were supposed to be leaving shortly. I was trying to remain calm but also convey to her the urgency of our timeline. I found myself telling our little girl: “Hold still and sit in your position. Otherwise you won’t finish your dinner and you will miss out on having a full tummy. I need you to obey Mommy because I am helping you choose best.”
I’m no where close to being a perfect parent! As soon as the words left my mouth, I could sense my heavenly Father, the only perfect parent, speaking to my heart.
“Do you understand your position in my family, my child? Are living in the position I have given you? Do you even know what blessings I bestow on you? Are you obeying Me, when I know best?”
Just as my daughter was fidgeting and becoming frustrated at our table, we are often frustrated with what God has placed in front of us and we lose sight of our position in His family. We miss out on having the fullness of His blessings. Of His best.
Tim Keller puts it this way:
“The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.”
Our position to the King, the God of the universe, is one of direct access! He longs for us to come to Him and avail ourselves of His heavenly resources in our deprivation. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). We can call upon God and His strength anytime and in any situation.
Do we? Do we approach the throne of grace? Or, do we try to do things by ourselves and then panic and become angry when it results in stressful days and broken relationship.
According to 1 Peter 2:9-10, we were once not a people. We had no position and had not yet received mercy. BUT, God chose us. We are now, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, a people of God and we have been invited into His marvelous light.
In the darkness, we may have struggled with fear and temptation. We may have been angry and rejected. Sin enslaved us.
Now, in the marvelous light, we have been redeemed! God has called us by name and we belong to Him. Once we are God’s children, our position in His family is secure. We have every blessing and protection that comes from bearing His name.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace,which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:3-6
I desired my daughter to be content and obedient because of her position at our table, under the protection of our provision. As our heavenly Father, God’s desire for us to know and live in the blessings He has given us actually has eternal weight!
That we may enjoy His pleasure and will–to the praise of His glorious grace!! Our life. Our circumstances. Our position. For our good and always for His glory!