Living Free - December 7, 2015


The Perfect Father

Today's Scripture

"So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, 'On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'" - (Genesis 22:14 NIV)

Thoughts for Today

God cares and provides for his children. He is our heavenly Father and has promised to provide all our needs. In today's scripture, Abraham called God Jehovah-jireh, which means "The Lord Will Provide."

We all have needs. Emotional needs. Relationship needs. Financial needs. Needs in every area of our life. God is our loving Father who will provide every need as we place our faith in him.

Consider this … 

Some people have a distorted view of God because of an earthly father who did not provide for them. There can be any number of reason an earthly father may not provide—illness, absence, abusive behaviors . . . and on and on. People may not view God as consistent because their earthly father was inconsistent. They may not grasp the constant presence of God because their earthly father was absent from home so much. People who lived with an abusive or alcoholic father may not trust the constant love of their heavenly Father. Although an earthly father may fail as a provider, God our Father always provides for his children. 

Many had a good father who did his best to provide his presence, love, consistency, and care . . . but no earthly father is perfect. And often circumstances prevent a father from doing all he wants to do for his son or daughter.

But our heavenly Father is perfect. Always available. Always loving. Always able. Always our Provider.


Father, thank you that I can count on you no matter what. When I am dealing with challenging circumstances, help me remember that you are there. Always loving me. Always able. Always my Provider. In Jesus' name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …

The Ten Commandments: Applying the Foundations of Living to My Personal Life by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. Knowing that there are absolutes that define moral conduct and ethical decisions is essential for believers surrounded by relativistic values. This guide helps us understand God's boundaries. It shows how the Ten Commandments apply today. It also discusses the biblical laws on which the legal codes of every civilized society are based. This guide is written in a way that helps people see the Ten Commandments in light of today's problems. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.



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