The Spirit you received, does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Written by: Shannon Swenson
We are God’s children. We get to call the Creator of the universe our Dad. Abba is translated from the Aramaic as “daddy” or “papa.” Through our adoption into the family of God, we get to have an emotionally intimate relationship with God.
How do you view God? Do you see Him as your Daddy, or is He someone who is unreachable? Is He loving, caring, generous, available, protective, and interested in you? Or do you have a filter that says otherwise? Maybe your earthly father was anything but those things, and you have an image of God that is anything but who He says He is.
I think about Him as my Daddy. If I am honest, that felt a bit irreverent and weird at first. When I started to feel His presence within me and saw Him doing things and placing me in opportunities I could never have chosen for myself, my heart changed. My view of Him changed. I knew it was Him living inside of me as my advocate and my confidant. He was guiding me, encouraging me, and taking care of my wounds when I fell flat on my face.
Our design is to know Him on an intimate level. Even when we don’t do that well, He loves us too much to simply let us run away. Like the loving Father He is, He will pursue and love us even when we don’t love Him back or when we don’t allow Him to love us based on our experiences with our earthly father. He wants us to know He meets us right where we are. We can trust Him.
Our problem isn’t we don’t love Him enough; Our problem is we don’t understand how much He loves us! He delights in hearing us call out, “Daddy, Father.” Scripture tells us we don’t have to be a slave to fear. The chains of past experiences and hurts are broken and replaced with the loving arms of our Daddy who wants to love us more than we will ever really know. He is for us and not against us. He is waiting for you to run into His arms and call Him by name: Daddy, Father.
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Prayer: Daddy, thank You for wanting more for me. You know everything about me. Help me to run to You in times of need, as well as times of joy. I am Yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.