Posted by: glorifyhim1 | March 8, 2014

The Riches of a Child of God

The Riches of a Child of God

This past week I was saddened to hear of the unexpected death of the husband of a sweet Christian sister I met years ago.  While I had not had the privilege of meeting her husband, nor the pleasure of seeing her for quite some time, I had enjoyed keeping up with her and her lovely family through Facebook.  This sweet friend is a vibrant Christian who pours heart and soul into everything she does. I have often admired her from the distance and her beautiful Christian witness. The outpouring of love and sympathy that accompanied the unexpected news reminded me of something that way too often we seem to forget. We are never – never – outside the reach of our amazing God.

Troubles and difficulties have a way of consuming us and thereby, obscuring our vision and blinding us to truths that Scripture makes abundantly clear. But as I witnessed the outpouring of sympathy and love, and the many declarations of prayer for her and her family, I knew that the God she loved and served had not abandoned her at her time of need. He was there, His Spirit within her just as He promised (see John 14:15-17). He was also there in and through His people who would sit beside her, give her hugs, and just cry with her. The very God who hung the planets in space, who formed a world of beauty, light, and wonder from darkness and chaos; this same God was reaching out to comfort His child and help her through one of the darkest moments in her life. This, my friends, is what it means to know the riches that come from being a child of God.

Every child of God is blessed with riches that emanate from God Himself. Consider just some of those riches that every child of God can enjoy. He offers them freely – not because we’ve earned or deserve them, but because of who He is.

  • God’s surrounding presence with us at all times

“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b).

  • God’s unequaled power on our behalf

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9a).

  • God’s tender mercies when we fail

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

  • God’s abundant grace when we need it and even if we don’t deserve it

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

  • God’s unconditional and abiding love

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23; ESV)

Paul stated it well to the Ephesians: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” (Ephesians 1:3). In this world, being a Christian does not exempt us from the same kinds of troubles and tragedies that non-believers face, but we have Him! It is in Him that we can have light in the darkness, comfort in the pain, and hope when all seems to be hopeless.

My sweet sister in Christ has and will grieve her great loss – but not without the hope she knows in Christ. The riches she knows in Him will hold and sustain her, walk with her through the difficult days, and surround her His great love and faithfulness. All believers in Christ can know these same riches because of Him. He can be our Anchor; He can be our Rock; He can be our Hope! How innumerable are the riches of being a child of the Most High God!

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