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Looking Like God

Psalm 145:9

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

My wife and I have three grown daughters. Their mother and I often play a game – trying to figure out where they got certain traits. One of them will do something and we might say to one another – I know where she got that trait or maybe we would simply say – she’s her mother’s or father’s daughter. Do you see yourself in your children or see yourself in your parents? I often say – we are a product of our environment – which means we are a product of those who raised us – and our surroundings as well. Thankfully the girls got more from their mom than from their dad – at least as I look at it (although on occasion I can see me in them).

These likenesses go beyond the genetic likenesses. Of course one daughter has red hair like her mom – while the other two had reddish hair at birth and more sandy or dirty blond like their day. But our likeness to our parents might be in areas like how we deal with money or how we think or how we act.

My wife and I now have five young grandchildren. We are playing the game on a new level now – trying to see us in them and our children in them as well. It is a new level of play because not only are we their grandparents and the parent of one of their parents – we are just a part of the equation.

If we see God as our heavenly parent – do we see any of God in us? Today’s passage says – The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 145:1–13 – 1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. 4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. 6 They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds. 7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. 8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 10 All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, 12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

Someone once said that our dogs start to look like us. Dogs looking like their owners – it seems to be real. I love the pictures online that highlight this thought. Here’s one of them (to the right). Wow – here’s hoping that more and more we begin to look like our heavenly parent. I pray that we would take on more and more of the traits of our God – our owner. Pray with me for this to come true. Here’s hoping we will look more like God everyday!

Your thoughts are always welcome – leave comments if you wish.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


April 24, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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