Like any good father, He provides for all the family. Especially by making sure the family is respected and has a good name.
But His task is infinitely more than usual. In fact, unique. He maintains a family name that is held in honor for all time, by all creation, and in spite of powerful hateful enemies. For the sake of His children, He will pay any price so that His family can be united, good, free, and protected. Since His family is eternal, His provision must be vastly beyond anything we know or experience here.
The Lord said to Moses, "Speak to the entire assembly in Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy'" (Leviticus 19:1, 2 NIV).
Each of the four living creatures has six wings and is covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come" (Revelation 4:8 NIV).
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
Dare we do anything to dishonor such a Father? Like making Him eat with us the sewage spewed into our homes via cable or satellite? Or getting more excited about sports and entertainment events than giving Him glory and worship? Or giving more attention to clothes, toys, and comforts than serving Him?
It's sobering to think that our Father ordered the destruction of Sodom, the pagan families inhabiting the land, and His own children of Israel. Precisely for the sake of His holiness.
Do we dare think we can dishonor Him and not be called into account as well?