Believer - A Five-Day Devotional by Rhett Walker

Day 5 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Day 5


I am a child of the Father


An orphan no longer


No doubt about who I am


I’m in the hands of the healer


The arms of the savior


His grace makes me who I am


Here are the reminders behind those lyrics. 


As a believer, you’re a child of the Father no matter your last name, where you’re from, what number is in your bank account, and what you’ve done. 


An orphan no longer! We were dead to our sin with no true home but Jesus. 


No doubt about who I am. That’s a tricky one if our focus is off. Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him but he had his dreams and kept his focus. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - I’d have a hard time knowing who I was if I had a name like that cause I’d never have learned how to spell it. But, for real - thrown into a fire. They kept their focus and rejoiced. In today’s age, there are so many things that tell us who to be but if we keep our focus and rejoice in the one that calls us His, the doubts leave. 


I’m in the hands of the healer. I won’t wash over this and pretend like disease, anxiety, and depression aren’t real issues by just saying, “God’s got it,” because those things are horrible. BUT, when our focus remains on Jesus, the fear is diminished. It doesn’t mean it’s not hard. It doesn’t mean you should not take medicine or see a counselor - God created those too - but it does mean not being a slave to fear. 


The arms of the Savior. When a baby cries, you comfort it. When a friend or loved one is hurting, you embrace them. Why do we not realize, so many times, that’s how God looks at us? There’s comfort in the arms of our Savior. There’s rest. There’s peace. We’re not just stuck here till we see Him face to face, He’s with us now. 


His grace makes me who I am. When I was 17 and my wife was 18, we got pregnant. It was mostly her fault cause she’s hot. But when we found out, we were scared to death. As a pastor’s kid, I knew how to get out of everything and say the right thing. This was the one thing there was no getting out of and no way of hiding. So we pulled up our bootstraps, got married, and surrendered that marriage and that new baby to God. Now we have been married for 15 years and have four beautiful babies. I tell you that to tell you this - that story has nothing to do with Rhett and April, but everything to do with how big of a God we serve. The crap that we bring to the table, Jesus still says, “You are worth it.” His grace is what has shaped all of our lives as believers. So again, let’s rejoice.  In everything, we rejoice.