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Daddy God

By Scott, Delve Christian Ministries
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What comes to mind when you think about God? Do you see him as your boss? A judge sitting in heaven waiting for you to mess up? An oppressive slave-master, who cares little for those beneath him? Perhaps a distant, indifferent being who doesn’t consider the lives of those on Earth worthy of notice. Our world holds all of these views and more, but they do not reflect the God that is revealed in the Bible.

Of all the ways that God could have chosen to reveal himself to us in his Word, he chose one particular identity that best shows us the love that he has for us. God reveals himself to us as Father. Jesus himself shows this to us, beginning the Lord’s Prayer with the words, “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). The letters of Paul and the other apostles are filled with references to God the Father. Jesus is constantly referring to God as Father. But if God is our Father, then what kind of Father is he?

The God of the Bible is a good Father. He’s a perfect Father. Our God is a good dad. Jesus again shows us this, saying, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13). Here Jesus is showing us that God is a good dad, and a good dad will always seek the very best for his kids.

So if God is our Father, and if he’s a good dad, then what does that mean for us? What does that make us? The Bible is clear on this one: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17). “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1). We are the children of God - the same God who created the universe is our Father, and he created us specifically because he wanted to love us. And if our God is a good dad, that radically transforms our view of him from the stuffy, distant view of mere religion. We know that God loves us, and so we know that whenever we ask for something that is good for us, God will answer with a “YES!” If we ask for something that would be dangerous or harmful to us, then God will obviously say no, because he loves us enough to do so. We are not bound by the idea that God’s love for us is dependent on our own performance. Does a dad love his kids based on how well they succeed, or does he love them simply because they’re his kids? So what do you think God is like then? God loves us unconditionally, as any earthly father would love their own kids.

We must constantly seek to understand this truth as we go about our daily lives. When we know our identity, and when we know who our daddy is, and how much he loves us, we’re unstoppable. The enemy can do nothing to harm us. It’s “take your kids to work day” every day with God. Go to God and really ask him to give you a fuller understanding of this. When you know who you are in Christ, you can walk with authority and power. God doesn’t want his kids to live weak, broken lives here. He intends on us doing great things for his kingdom. That’s what he created you to do. Just ask dad what he wants you to do. He’ll answer.

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I couldn't get the rating function to work, or I would have given this five stars. I've said nearly these same words in several Sunday school lessons. It is a beautiful way to relate to the Lord.

I would also add - and please don't misconstrue because I am in no way saying that I "understand" God - that I feel I achieved a much greater understanding of God's nature once I became a father myself. The ways he shepherds me make so much more sense now, seen through the filter of my own relationship with my sons.

Great devotional. Thanks Scott!

In Christ,

9/19/2012 6:16:21 AM - jjhogan, Member of Delve into Jesus since 12/6/2009

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