Did your mom or dad ever ask you to do something to which you responded with the question: “Why?” I can almost guarantee your parents’ answer to that question was the ever so popular: “Because I said so!” For some of you, that answer may have sufficed and for others, let’s just say that answer didn’t sit well. You wanted to be your own boss and didn’t want anyone telling you what to do! Even the youngest of children seem to struggle at times with the desire to be their own boss. Let’s face it, most of us don’t like being told what to do, but we all have people in our lives that God has placed over us. It may be a parent, a teacher, a coach, a manager—whoever “the boss” in your life may be, they are there to help grow you and guide you through life. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all need a “boss” in our lives. As we study part of the Creation account, we’ll uncover several characteristics that God the Father reveals about Himself. We will realize that God the Father is Lord over all and that makes Him the boss. The first characteristic that God, the Father reveals about Himself is that He is:
God the Father is Creator of all. It is so important that we understand that truth. From the very beginning, God’s Word makes it clear. God has been and always will be. He created the world and everything in it, including you. Jeremiah 1:5 says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Genesis 1:27 tells us God didn’t just create man like everything else, He created man like no other creature—in His image! Most of us resemble our parents in one way or another, but we also bear the very image of God. The truth found in the verse above is essential to all we are. Nothing would exist apart from God. In fact, the very first verse of the Bible says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Because He is Creator of all, God the Father is Lord over all. Simply put: He’s the Boss. Again, think about your parents who birthed you into this world. It is their role, as your parents, to make rules for you to follow, to set boundaries, to raise you and try to teach you how to live. It is God the Father’s role as Creator of all things to “make the rules” and to set the standard by which we are to live. God, the Father is not only Creator, but He is:
God made sure that Adam had everything he needed not only to survive but to thrive. God does the very same thing for us. Just like a father takes care of and provides for his children, God takes care of us. The Bible says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). God doesn’t just take care of our physical needs, but He also takes care of our emotional, mental, relational, and most importantly our spiritual needs. Thirdly, we see God the Father is our:
We learn a lot from our parents. We learn both what to do and what not to do from them. What kind of father would one be if he never taught his child anything (how to walk, talk, live and love, right from wrong) and left them to figure it out on their own? Most would agree that one would be a horrible father if they parented in that way. God the Father, who is the greatest example of a father, didn’t just create man and leave him to figure things out on his own. Our text shows us that He instructed Adam. He gave Adam a very specific command to follow. God even told Adam what his punishment would be if Adam disobeyed God’s command. It was the most severe punishment one could receive—death. It wasn’t just physical death, but it was also spiritual death meaning eternal separation from God. Just like a father teaches his child right from wrong, God teaches His children the right way to live and the consequences for wrong choices. God, the Father is not only our Teacher but He is also our:
Despite the fact Adam was commanded by God not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and although he knew what the consequences would be if he did, Adam still chose to disobey God. Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned they tried to cover up and hide from God, but they weren’t successful. God knew what Adam and Eve had done, and they received the exact punishment God said they would.
Part of being a good parent is disciplining your children when they do something wrong. Parents set rules for their children’s protection and safety. It’s not to be mean or to keep their children from having fun (even though at times it may feel that way for the child). When those rules aren’t followed, it typically results in discipline. Suffering consequences from or experiencing discipline because of disobedience is a part of growing and maturing. When we are disciplined for wrong choices or defiance, we are less likely to disobey again so easily. God our heavenly Father disciplines His children when we are disobedient because He loves us. The Bible says: “My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights” (Prov. 3:11-12). Even though we experience God’s discipline when we disobey and sin against Him, God the Father still remains as our:
Even in their sin, God still loved and provided for Adam and Eve. They were naked and ashamed. So God killed an animal to make clothes for them and covered their shame with the skins of the animal. God the Father went even further than that for them…and for us. Adam and Eve started to die physically by beginning to age the moment they sinned. They also spiritually died when they disobeyed God. As a result, we are all born spiritually dead and will eventually die physically. However, just like God provided clothes to cover Adam and Eve’s shame, God provided His righteousness to cover our sin. This time He didn’t kill an animal to do it, but rather God the Father killed His only Son. He allowed His Son to take the punishment for our sin. God provided all that we need through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Now not only can we live forever, but we can be made alive spiritually through Christ’s death. God the Father is the best Dad a girl can have. He created you, He takes care of you, He teaches you, He disciplines you when you need it, and He provides all you need. All you have to do is let Him be the Boss of your life, and He will take care of you like no other father can.
The question now is who’s the boss in your life?
- Have you asked Him to be Lord (Boss) of your life? If not, why not?
- If He’s already Lord of your life, do you listen to and follow His instruction? If not, why not?
May we always remember God the Father is Lord over all and that makes Him the Boss.
Heavenly Father, I praise You because You are a good Father. Thank You for creating me in Your image. Thank You for taking care of me and teaching me right from wrong. Help me to obey Your commands out of a heart of love for You. Thank You for providing for all my needs. Most of all thank You for loving me unconditionally and giving Your only Son so that I may be forgiven of my sin, have a personal relationship with You, and receive eternal life in Heaven.