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How Deep the Father's Love

Written by Marlene F.

One day my grandson asked me what my favorite Bible verse was. I told him that was a hard question as every verse in the Bible has meaning, but 2 that quickly came to mind were Genesis 2:7-8. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden.” I had read those verses many times before, but one day as I read they burned into my heart.

I thought about how busy the Creator was as He brought all things into being. When I tried to see with my mind’s eye the living God working with His hands in the dust to form a man, it absolutely awed me. But much more than that was the fact that He drew very near to that dust form, bringing His own beautiful, holy face so close that He breathed into the man’s nostrils and shared His own breath to give man life. To top it all off, He planted a showcase of a garden to show His love and provision for His creation.

So here we have the Creator working, working all the time, knowing full well as He worked what was going to happen. Yet, He carried on, knowing that He would give His only Son to pay the terrible price for the disobedience of all of us from Adam and Eve on down.

Our Sunday School class had a reference Scripture last month from 1 John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God.” and to that I say “Amen.” There are times I get discouraged and feel God is far away, and I ask what’s the use. But then I think of Him working and pressing on despite the outcome, and I am encouraged. I’m so grateful God has given us His Holy Word so we can see some facets of His personality and for the examples He provides to give us hope. He is working still, and He deserves all the love, praise and respect we can give Him.

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