Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Super Powered Father-Son Smack Downs

Suggested Reading: Ezekiel 20:30-38

Going into the third season of Smallville, a show about Clark Kent in high school as he grew into Superman, Clark experienced some major guilt after causing a tragic accident. So Clark ran off to Metropolis, using red kryptonite to avoid the pain and using his powers to steal whatever he wanted. Clark's adopted father, Jonathan Kent, managed to borrow superpowers from an ancient, alien artifact and then went searching for his son. When he found Clark, who initially refused to come home with him, Jonathan told Clark, "I'm your father. And you're coming home with me." Then they had a super powered father-son small-town smack down. As far as Jonathan was concerned, no matter what his son wanted to do, Jonathan had the responsibility to guide his son down the right path, not allow him to continue down the wrong one.

Throughout much of the Old Testament, the Israelites had wandered off in order to do whatever they wanted to do, worshiping idols and living lifestyles just like the nation's around them. Over and over again, they tried to live as something less than they really were. God finally told them, “You say, ‘We want to be like the nations all around us, who serve idols of wood and stone. ’ But what you have in mind will never happen" (Ezekiel 20:32, NLT) As far as God was concerned, the Israelites were his children and he refused to allow them to settle for less, no matter how often they tried to.

Just like Jonathan Kent who loved his son too much to leave him where he was, our Heavenly Father loves us far too much to allow us to live as less than we were created to be. We may try to act as if we do not have a special destiny but God loves us too much to allow us to succeed in that. We are his children.

If today you are trying to live life your own way, if you are saying, "Why can't I just live like everyone else?", if you aren't sure why you are even reading this because you gave up on this kind of life, just remember that God will not allow his children to wander off quite so easily. God loves you and he is saying to you, "I'm your Father, and you are coming home with me." 

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