Joni & Friends Devotional

Joni and Friends Devotional | 2 August 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 2 August 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 2 August 2022

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Joni and Friends Daily Devotional 2nd August 2022 Tuesday Message

TOPIC: Relating to the Father & Son  

SCRIPTURE:  This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: “I am the First and the Last; there is no other God.” -Isaiah 44:6 (NLT)

MESSAGE

When you think about the Trinity, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to whom do you relate best? 

I know what you’re thinking: It’s a trick question—they’re all the same. You’re right, but I know many of us relate to the different Persons in the Trinity in different ways.  

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I heard of a woman, for example, who was terrified of God the Father. She read all about him in the Old Testament, how he commanded his leaders to destroy entire towns, how he slammed down an angry fist against sin, how he demanded a high and holy standard. She couldn’t relate to God the Father, much less praise him. 

But, she said, she could praise Jesus. She more easily related to him. Jesus spent time reaching out to the hurting; he talked to disabled people at the temple; he took a few minutes to chat with children; and he was always on the lookout for the underdog. Jesus was sensitive, kind, and compassionate—and this woman felt drawn to God the Son. She sensed no condemnation from him, even when she stumbled and fell into sin. She prayed solely to Jesus, opening up all conversations with God with the name of her Savior.  

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But then something amazing happened. 

Joni and Friends Devotional | 2 August 2022

She read the first chapter of Hebrews and learned that Jesus is the exact representation of God. She noticed a cross-reference and flipped over to John 1:18:

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

The woman was fascinated. She then realized that knowing Jesus was the same as knowing the Father. She had no reason to dread or avoid the Father; she could relate to him because he and the Son are one in the same. 

Maybe in the Old Testament people were afraid to approach God, but Jesus threw wide open the door of access to the Father, and that alone should cause us to praise. What freedom. What confidence. We have no reason to shrink away from the Father, and every reason to trust him and give him adoration and worship.

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