Do you remember the television program from the fifties, "Father Knows Best"?  Life was so simple as to have its trials and difficulties settled within a thirty-minute period by the head of the household, who guided her husband in making the right decisions and giving the best advise.

No matter how the action developed, the family structure stayed because of two simple principles: knowledge and acknowledgement.  The "Father" would finally learn the problem, regardless of its nature or the natural inclination to keep it from him.  That was the "knowledge" portion of the program.  The "acknowledgement" came at the end, when those involved conceded to his advice or decision.  They ended with the title: "Father Knows Best."

In life, there is something of value in our knowing that someone who cares for our soul knows the trouble we face.  When we have a problem, as children we turn to our parents; as friends, we turn to a special friend; as employee, we turn to our employer.  Letting the Boss know the trouble does not lessen the problem, nor solve the dilemma, but it helps the burden.  Just like a child putting his difficulties before his parents.  They may not be able to help, but it does not matter.  It helps to know they know.

In our family relation to God, he has adopted us as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ.  He is our Father by our faith in Christ: "But as many as received him [that is, Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name [John 1:12].

As our Father, God wants us to know that he knows our trials and temptations, our worries and our weaknesses.  The Father knows.  And because he knows, he wants us to know three great truths found in the last half of the eighth chapter of Romans.  First, God wants us to know that all things work together for good to them that love him, to them that are called according to his purpose.  Do you love God?  Have you answered his call according to his purpose in salvation through Christ?

Second, God wants us to know that he will not withhold any good thing from us.  As the Apostle Paul writes, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"  God`s desire is to bless us, and to bless us abundantly.

Third, the Father wants us to know that he will never leave us, nor forsake us.  "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" Paul asks.  "Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Child of God, do you face a problem that seems overwhelming?  Rest in the truth that God knows; and know that he will work that which is best for you, through you.