The Father’s Blessing
Jesus cannot be expected to answer runaway knocks. He has never promised it. I mean to keep knocking, knocking, until He cannot help opening the door. Too often, we knock at mercy’s door and then run away, instead of waiting for an entrance and an answer. We act as if we were afraid of having our prayers answered. A great many people pray in that way; they do not wait for the answer. Our Lord teaches us here that we are not only to ask, but we are to wait for the answer; if it does not come, we must seek to find out the reason. We are to ask with a beggar’s humility, to seek with a servant’s carefulness, and to knock with the confidence of a friend.
-D.L. Moody (1837-1899)
The Toronto Outpouring in 1994, became known as “The Father’s Blessing” because of the awareness of the Father’s love in the meetings and those ministered to at the revival. Throughout the revival, emphasis was placed on learning to “soak” in or receive God’s love.
It is true that each of us must learn to saturate ourselves over and over again in the love of God. We know that according to Matthew 7:11, it is our Heavenly Father’s desire to give us good gifts, and the very best gift He gave was Himself.
Paul taught us in his letter to the Galatians that the Holy Spirit helps us understand our Father’s love, and even cries out “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6). The love of God is more than a concept. God is love (1 John 4:8). This is more than an adjective. Love in this context is a noun. Love is not only describing the character of God, but love is who God is. The Father’s love cannot be contained within our human experience. It is an eternal, unstoppable love. It cannot be likened to any earthly person’s love. This love is unique and can be experienced personally.
Have you rested in the love of God lately? Are you saturating yourself in God’s love through worship, through reading His Word, through soaking in His presence? Today, persistently step into this endless fountain of love.