Watching our Father By Scarlett Stough

When I was in Florida with a group observing the Feast of Tabernacles, I enjoyed looking over the balcony to the ocean and watching the families playing on the beach. On one of those occasions, I watched a boy who could have been anywhere from 8 to 11 following a man twice as tall as he was. I assumed they were father and son. They seemed to be looking for something on the beach. They made deliberate circles looking down. The boy followed the man, close but not very close, looking for all the world like his shadow come to life. He didn’t appear to be trying to do that. He was looking down, busy doing whatever they were doing. He was keeping in step with his father, walking as his father walked. This boy had been watching his father and imitating him from birth, so he unconsciously became like him in the way he carried himself and moved.

Scripture tells us to “keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25)” and to “walk as Jesus walked (I John 2:6).” God is invisible to us. We can’t observe him and copy his mannerisms the same way the boy had copied his father’s. But we have the Scriptures to teach us what Jesus was like in attitude, character, and service. We have the Holy Spirit to give us understanding of spiritual things and give us the willingness and ability to behave as Jesus would behave. We have Jesus who intercedes for us as our Elder Brother and High Priest and our Friend to help us learn.

We are advised to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)” so that we don’t become discouraged when the road of life to eternal life gets rough and steep. It’s easy to be distracted from watching our heavenly Father as we go about our daily lives. But if we lose sight of him, we can lose our way and begin to imitate the worldly ways around us. He is the Good Shepherd who looks for his lost sheep, but we can save ourselves a lot of heartache by keeping our eyes on him so we do not wander away from him.

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