The Love of the Father

In the post Who Are You Crying Out To?, the proposition of calling on God in the midst of hardships, trials, or reconciling to God after we have sinned was presented. While my mind is flooded with many other thoughts, I really want to revel in the fact that believers can call on God, and He hears and will respond when our motives are right and desires aligned to His will.

When I read Psalm 107 again, I think it worth restating The Love of the Father. In the aforementioned post from Psalm 107, there are several sections that communicate that God is not only ready but also willing to answer the cries, prayers, of His people. Click the link to see verses 6, 13, 19, and 28.

6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.

19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.

28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.

Now that we know God will answer our cries, I want to explore why. The answer is simple but missed by many because we may not have had that type of experience in our own lives. Why does God answer our cries? God answers our cries because of The Love of the Father. Whether in the Old Testament or in the New Testament, God is the same. He responds to the cries of those who belong to Him, His children.

Let’s take another example from the Old Testament that involves Jonah. As you may know, God had directed Jonah to tell the Ninevites, but Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.  Jonah acknowledges that he was rescued from the grave. The text below “… contain a vivid recollection of the near-death crisis, its causes, and results. Jonah’s plight was the Lord’s judgment on his disobedience. The brush with a watery grave is presented with graphic imagery: entanglement in seaweed, the silence of deep water, and waves swelling high above the victim.”Ligonier Ministries

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:

“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.

Let’s take an example from the New Testament, Matthew 15.

22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

The Canaanites were descendants of Ham, Noah’s son, who were a people groups who warred against the Isralites as they entered into the Promised Land; yet, we see Jesus responding to her as He fulfilled the promise God made to Abraham. God told Abram that all the peoples on the earth would be blessed through him.

What we see in both instances is The Love of the Father. Both Jonah and the Canaanite woman cried out to God, and their cries were heard and answered. As a Father, I will respond to the cries of my children. I have done so since they were babies. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” These gifts from the Father are the things Jesus has been describing as necessary for disciples: righteousness, sincerity, purity, humility, and wisdom. Those who know their own need will ask God for them. The parallel in Luke 11:13 focuses on the one greatest gift—the Holy Spirit.

The Love of the Father is provided to lead us to Him. Just as it led Jonah to obedience and reconciliation and the Canaanite woman’s daughter healing. God desires to heal our relationships with Him. All we have to do is to cry out for The Love of the Father.


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