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GOD AS OUR FATHER.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



THERE is infinite comfort
in the truth of the divine
Fatherhood. The name
Father carries in it a
whole theology of joy and
peace. If we accept it as
a true revealing of the heart of God, we need
not go farther in our quest after a definition
of the divine Being, and an explanation of his
relation to us and his interest in us.
BY J. R. MILLER



THERE is infinite comfort
in the truth of the divine
Fatherhood. The name
Father carries in it a
whole theology of joy and
peace. If we accept it as
a true revealing of the heart of God, we need
not go farther in our quest after a definition
of the divine Being, and an explanation of his
relation to us and his interest in us.

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GOD AS OUR FATHER BY J. R. MILLER THERE is infinite comfortin the truth of the divineFatherhood. The nameFather carries in it awhole theology of joy andpeace. If we accept it asa true revealing of the heart of God, we neednot go farther in our quest after a definitionof the divine Being, and an explanation of hisrelation to us and his interest in us. If he isindeed our Father, that is all we need to know.We require no proof that God loves us — if heis our Father that suflices. We need not ask for reasons when he seems to be dealingstrangely with us — whatever the form of theprovidences may be, we know that love is theguiding principle and the great motive of allthat he does. If he is our Father we do notneed to be disturbed by life's events, howeverthey may break into our plans and seem towork us hurt.It was Jesus Christ who revealed this truth of the divine Fatherhood. If he had taught theworld nothing else, this alone would have madehim the most wonderful Teacher that everspoke from God to man. When he taught usto say "Our Father," he brought God downclose to us and opened the way for us to hisheart of infinite love.Life has its strange experiences for all of ussome time. There come days when human rea-son can find nothing beautiful or good in what
 
we are passing through. Everything seemsdestructive. We can see no love in the dark enigma. In such hours it gives us unmeasura-ble comfort to be able to say : "It is my Father,and he loves me and is making no mistake.''It was this confidence that sustained Christhimself in his darkest moments on the cross.In the inexplicable mystery of his suffering,when he could not see the face of his Fatherand felt as if he were even forsaken by him,his faith found assurance in what he knew of [216]91n ti^e !fatl)et'0 f anti^the divine love. It was still ^'My God, myGod." The anchor held, and in a few mo-ments more it was light again, and he said:"Father, into thy hands I commend myspirit.''The Master gives us the lesson for ourselveswhen he assures us that his Father has in hishands the care of our lives. "My Father isthe husbandman," he said to his disciples.The husbandman has entire charge of thevines. He understands them and knows howto care for them. He plants them where theywill grow the best, looks after their culture,prunes them, and does for them whateverneeds to be done. They are not left to growwithout intelligent care.When Jesus said "My Father is the husband-man," he meant to tell his disciples that thecare of their lives is in the hands of God, whosename is love. It is not intrusted to a being of only limited intelligence and only finite power
 
and love. Still less is it chance that directsthe events and shapes the circumstances of ourdays. That is what Atheism would have us[217]Cl^e lejsjson of lotebelieve. "There is no God/' it says to us."Things happen. There is no one at the cen-tre of all things who thinks about you. Thereis no hand but the iron hand of law workingin human affairs. There is no love, no heart,anywhere in the vast spaces, feeling, caring;no mind, planning good. The great machineof the universe grinds on, with resistless, re-lentless power, and what comes into your lifecomes as the result of this inflexible, undirect-ed, loveless grinding."There is small comfort in this teaching. Itnever can give confidence and peace to anyheart in the time of trouble. It suggestsno comfort when all things appear to beagainst us.But that is not what Jesus Christ teaches.The theory of the universe which he gives usis that this is our Father's world. Not onlydid he create it, adorning it with beauty andfitting it to be the home of his children, but hecares for it with constant, tender care. He hasnot left the world he made to get along as bestit may without any thought from him. Re-[218]

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