Our children never called their Dad, “Father.” We were not quite so formal in our house. He was always “Dad” or “Daddy.” My husband was and is an involved father. And I wanted to especially honor him on Father’s Day for the love, discipline, model and wonderful influence he has been with our children. His role continues even though our children are now parents themselves.
Today’s verse teaches that the believer has been adopted into a spiritual family where we call the God of the universe our Father. Not only do we address Him this way, but we can have such a close relationship that we can even call Him “Abba” or “Daddy.” This is no fearful slave-master relationship. It is not a relationship of do’s and dont’s and rules. It is a relationship of love and service. It is a relationship that can grow ever stronger with time and last into eternity. Not everyone has had the privilege of a good relationship with their earthly father, but for the believer, the Heavenly Father is the perfect father we never had!
He adopted me because of His grace, not because I deserved to be chosen. I did not deserve to be wanted as His own. It boggles my mind to realize that I will always be His child. And He is always approachable. Nothing is too small for His notice. It is an incredible thought that He waits for me to crawl up into His lap. His desire is to love on me, to protect me and to teach me about Himself.
Thank you Lord, for being my Father.