Doubtless: Spiritual Adoption #2

A Happy New Year to you all..

We have to give God thanks for being noting but Faithful towards us all. Believers or not, none of us could say we have made it through on our own strength. Great Are You Lord.

So.. the 2nd in my Spiritual Adoption running …

Today’s scripture is taken from Isaiah 63:16 lets us know that the Fatherhood of God is not about hereditary decent, neither is about nationality but something that is available to all mankind – it reads: (KJV)

Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting

NIV put it this way: But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

I love this scripture, simply because of the level of assurance and certainty it holds, and encourages me to have in the knowledge of God being my father. SO.. Lets eat.

The scripture opens with a big word. Doubtless. Doubt – Less.. it means certainly.. without a doubt.. The opening statement makes a declaration – that certainly, without a doubt – you are our father. There is no “who’s the daddy?” issues going on, no questions, no confusion about who the daddy is!

Though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: Now this part made me think. How many of us have fathers and even blood family who are ignorant of us, by choice or otherwise. To be ignorant is to lack knowledge or awareness of something. There are some children in this world who do not know their fathers simply because their fathers are ignorant of them. There is a lack of knowledge of the fact that the child exists. This leads to a distance none the less. The child does not know the father and the father does not know the child. Much like Abraham – who was to bring forth the promised seed by which all the nations of the earth would be blessed – however Abraham wouldn’t know me.. Abraham is of no help to me in my time of trouble. So even though the Jews were deeply connected to both Abraham and Jacob, they were both dead now, and of no direct connection or support to the people of God!

Many of us who have a distance between our fathers are via ignorance or a refusal to acknowledge us. Both hurt. Israel acknowledge us not. This to me is position of choice. There are some of us who have fathers who make the choice not to acknowledge us. It’s not a lack of knowledge or awareness – this is a refusal to accept or admit the existence or truth of something. Again, Jacob in all his power would never look up and claim me. Candace Clarke.. I would have been born not a Jew.. but a gentile. Far from the common wealth of Israel.

Many of us feel that way – abandoned by those who either out of ignorance or a refusal to acknowledge are missing from our life. Leaving gaps in our upbringing, leaving voids in our hearts, misconceptions and miss-connections in our processing.. but keep hope alive – it’s not even about them!

Thou.. pause.. O Lord.. Pause.. Art our father. Read it how its been written. You.. O Lord.. Art Our Father. Feel the emphasis in how it has been written. YOU.. O LORD.. Are My Father. Despite who wants me, despite who accepts me, despite who wants to acknowledge me as their child.. despite all of that – You.. Oh Lord.. Are my Father.

Our Redeemer is your name for everlasting. Forever and ever our father will also be our redeemer. To redeem means to compensate for the faults or bad aspects or something, it also talks of regaining possession in exchange for a payment. This we know that God has done in  such an extreme way with the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. The price was paid for Him to reclaim us to Himself and His family.

Doubtless  – Thou – Art – My – Father.. they are not just words, it’s an assured declaration that we have every right to make over our lives. We have the ability to make this statement with as much assurance as the people of God did when they were faced with problems and crisis beyond their comprehension. They were making a statement that we are your children – you have to come through for us.

DOUBTLESS – THOU – ART – MY – FATHER !

Bless you Loves x

 

 

 

Adoption…

So, I’m going to start this blog with a confession.

I do not understand the concept of Father… Not so much how one becomes a father, or the biological relation between two people that makes one of them a father. Growing up without my father has left me a little.. estranged.. from this concept of father.

I remember going for prayer at my home church and being encouraged to “talk to God like my father”. I did what I was there to do, and I prayed – in no particular or different way to the usual way I approached God in prayer. I recall going home and going over this statement – like a father – and I came to the conclusion that I have no clue what the pastor was on about. To do something like something else would take the need to know what that something else is in the first place. Ask me to quack like a duck, that I can do because I am familiar with ducks, and what sound they make, so I can do that – but, I don’t know father..

I’ve watched many interact with their fathers and I’ve heard many talk of their special bond and relationships with their fathers. Socially growing up hearing statements like “daddy’s little girl” and “daddy’s little princess”, but none I can resonate with, I’m not familiar with father.

I’ve been brought up by a man who I love dearly, who I call Daddy, who took me under his Dumplin’ kneading, Salt Fish frying, Bread Pudding baking arms and raised me as his own. However, there was a reminder – somewhat constant, that he – despite his love and care and dedication to me, was not my father – I am not familiar with father.

This I found a challenge in my spiritual life. I see God as God, and I see God as Sovereign, Lord, Creator, King, Judge, Ruler.. all these dominant, strong, overarching somewhat distant figures .. but there is heart to the word father that you do not get with the others, a different connection, a sense of belonging and relationship, a connection and relation. But, I struggle, because I just don’t have that natural relational connection in me to then turn to God in the same (or similar) way. I dont even know if that’s the point.. I am just not familiar with father…

SO…  I decided to stick a pin in it as it was winding me up ever so slightly – I moved on to something else.. Adoption! This I can become familiar with.. this I can do!  I sat with my King James Concordance Bible – Yes I’m old school. Looked up the word ADOPTION and read every scripture – over and over and over. I can become familiar with adoption.

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I went through a time of wanting to adopt a cat. I went to my local animal welfare trust and spent many weekends looking at cat after cat after cat. I never ended that process of getting one, but this process reminded me of this process of Spiritual Adoption. The adoption process is one of choice ultimately. It’s about saying –  you don’t belong to me, but I choose to make you mine. It’s about seeing what you want, and deciding to make it yours. Often times there is a chance to find out about said “thing”.. good, bad and in-between, and still, having known all about this “thing” deciding – yes – I will take this one! Where as being born to a man and him having no choice but to be called a father by default, this adoption process is about choice – I choose to do this! My own father made the choice not to do this, something I didn’t think he had choice to do.. lo and behold he found some and boy has he exercised it..

In my next few blogs I will take you through my journey and share how I have become familiar with and settled with the line of Adoption. While I still know God to be Father, for me to establish that parent-child like relationship with God that allows me to be more dependant on Him like a child would to a parent, I need to get there, and this seems to be my route into relationship that’s not so distant.

See you next time where my first scripture will be from Ezekiel 16: 8 … go read it!

Ok, I’ll be nice and quote it for you:

 “When I passed by you again, I looked at you, and noticed that it was your proper time for love. I spread my cloak over you to cover your nakedness. I made a solemn promise to you and entered into a covenant with you,” declares the Lord GOD. “You belong to me”

That’s the International Standard Version. The King James Version put it this way, and I will explain why this version hit home with me more next time:

“Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine”

See you soon. x