“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12
New fathers delight in their children! Ask any new dad to tell you about their child and they’ll go on and on about how great their kid is at smiling, or sleeping, or even pooping in their diaper. New dads don’t delight in their kids because the kids have done anything to deserve the praise. New dad’s delight in their kids because they’re THEIR kids!
God delights in you like that. He loves to watch you. He loves to see you try new things. He loves to see you work hard until you learn something new. He loves to hold you and sing your praise. If God has a wallet, he’s got your picture in it! Your artwork hangs on his fridge. He tells all his friends about how great you are!
His delight is not based on how hard you work, or how good you are. It’s based on the fact that you are HIS! Paul says it best: “You are children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ…If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29 You are HIS! Celebrate your adoption into His family!