What do you think of when you hear the term father?
For some, it will bring up good, kind and endearing thoughts. For others, it might bring thoughts of resentment, abandonment—even loathing. Much depends on your relationship or lack thereof with your earthly father.
As believers, it is much the same when we think of our Father God—depending on your relationship or lack thereof with Him.
God was referred to as “our Father” 13 times in the Old Testament, but Jesus' frequent use of this title brought a whole new understanding of our relationship with Him. Jesus referred to God as His father over 150 times!
This infuriated the religious Jews of Jesus' day who considered it blasphemy to call God their father, because they understood that to mean they were equal with God (Jn. 5:17-18).
Jesus spoke of God as being our Father 30 times. But the title has become so common in the church today that many times, we don't perceive its real significance. The revelation that we are instructed to call God “our Father” reveals the kind, gentle, loving nature of our God (1 Jn. 4:8).
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” —Romans 8:15
Paul amplified this by using the term “Abba Father,” which is an affectionate term that a young child would use for his father, corresponding to our English word, “daddy.”
If your relationship with your earthly father wasn’t a good one, and you’ve been seeing your heavenly Father the same way, I want to encourage you to get in the Word of God, look at Jesus, and realize that your Abba Father is Love.
You can have a relationship with Him that goes beyond any human relationship we could ever have here on this earth. It's a relationship of you belonging to a father who loves you because you are His. In fact, He loves you so much that He gives you gifts and blessings and said He would never change.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (NKJV)
And He gave us the greatest gift of all—Jesus. Abba loves us so much He gave His Son so you and I could share in His abundant life and love.
Run to Him. Drop all pretense and formality, run to His loving arms, saying “Daddy.” I guarantee, there is nothing He wants more!
Happy Father’s Day!