The Father Who Cares Enough to Confront
When we entered the realm of grace through faith in Christ, we entered into a vital and dynamic relationship with God the Father. As a Father, He is the perfect One. He meets our needs, guarantees our future and comforts us day by day. But He also does not allow us to live in ruts or rebellion. He is a Father who raises His children with diligence.
"Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to child train us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:9).
Many of us have experienced an earthly parent's care and discipline. This discipline was imperfect no matter how sincere it was. Since we submitted ourselves to that, would we not want to be under the child training of a much better Father? The writer to the Hebrews underscores that by saying this Father is the Father of spirits. He is the Father of the inner life and not just the outer shell. The kind of obedience that the writer to the Hebrews is calling for is obedience to particular commands. We are called to practice obedience not in generalities but in the particulars of Scripture. That is the Father's child-training goal.