Every person you know has a father. And that’s the problem for many of us because the idea of God as our Father is all mixed up with our experiences and relationships with our earthly Dads. Everyone not only has a Dad – every Dad is a flawed human being with, like all of us, tendencies toward sin. Even the very best of our earthly fathers make mistakes, have problems, and often fail in their duties as a father – even the best ones! And fathers who don’t believe in Christ as their Savior and Lord have an almost impossible time consistently being “good” Dads.
Because these human Dads are so important in our lives and yet so often are flawed, it’s easy to have an image of our Heavenly Father as having the same kind of imperfections. But God is totally and awesomely perfect in every way. He never makes mistakes, never is moody, never arbitrary or out of control. He is God and He can be a perfect Father to every one of us… no matter what we’ve experienced with our earthly Dads.
We are praying through the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.” Let’s think together about the idea of a perfect, consistent, loving, Father.
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is Father.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9), and the Spirit of God taught us to cry, “Abba, Father,” an intimate Aramaic term similar to “Daddy.” The Creator of the universe cares for each one of us as if we were the only child He had.
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:15–17
The New Testament gives us a fantastic word to describe our relationship with the God of the Universe… “Abba”… literally meaning, “Daddy!”
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:4–7
This “daddy” relationship is exactly the one that Jesus had with the Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane, at the emotional and physical lowest point of His life, Jesus cries out to God using the same familiarity we use when we call out to the Almighty.
And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36
You might be thinking that you didn’t have that great of a “Daddy” relationship with your human father, so you’re not sure what the experience looks like. That’s all right. God knows what being a good father looks like and He’s ready to be your Dad. For the orphan, for the emotionally or physically abused, for the deserted, for every single one of us, God is ready to be the perfect Dad.
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the Lord will take me up. Psalm 27:10
But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
What a great “Abba” we have! Do you know Him? Do you know the flawless fatherly comfort, counsel, and connection He offers through His Son, Jesus Christ? He’s waiting – to be your Dad.
Think about it…