The name of the Lord is a strong fortress, the godly run to him and are safe.
It is very typical for a kid to run away or hide from their parents whenever they’ve done something bad or disobeyed them. I remember doing this when I broke my uncle’s blackberry as my cousin and I were playing with it. First time seeing such gadget made me wonder what it is and how to use it. At the end of the day, I broke it and doesn’t know how to tell my parents what happened.I was so scared to get yelled at and be punished that I hid the gadget and even myself. Nobody taught me to hide. I did it instinctively, thinking that hiding is the best chance for me to getaway with it. But I didn’t. I was surprised I wasn’t scolded or anything. They just talked to me not to do it again and my uncle was kind enough to let it pass because he has tons of money to buy a new one.
This story reminds me how we tend to hide or distant ourselves from God whenever we make mistakes or we feel like we’re not worthy to receive such love from a Holy God.But Learning the value of Grace and His Unconditional Love, I realized that God is not MAD at us whenever we tend to disappoint Him. He longs for us to Run to Him rather than to Run away from Him. He wants us to know that He is like a shelter where we can find rest, love, peace, acceptance and forgiveness no matter what we’ve done. He doesn’t distant himself from us, instead, He patiently waits for us to come close to him. He longs for us to draw in His presence and be loved by Him. He is gracious enough to forgive us through the blood of Jesus. As proverbs 18:10 says, His name is a Strong Fortress where we can run and find safety. Picture Him as a Father waiting at the door and willing to greet you with a huge hug and a kiss. It’s safe to say that we can come to God just as we are with no hesitations.
Best example of this is The Parable of the Compassionate Father in Luke 15:11-32.
11 Then Jesus said, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will belong to me.’ So he divided his assets between them. 13 After a few days, the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth with a wild lifestyle. 14 Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need.
16 He was longing to eat the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to his senses he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.”’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him. 21 Then his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let us eat and celebrate, 24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again—he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.
This is the Father we have in Heaven. He’d welcome you with the best Robe to embrace you, by giving you your worth back… Providing you everything you need… and Celebrates every time you remain in His presence. It’s time to change the way we see God as distant and someone who judges us everything we do. Let’s start seeing Him as a loving, generous, patient, caring, and gracious God. We find rest and safety in the name of the Lord.