(image: Me and my Daddy!)
Fill in the end of this sentence… GOD IS_____________.Take a minute and really think about this. If you could describe how you see God in one, concise sentence, what would you say? How can one condense God into just a few words. But Give it a try. How you answer this question is very important!
For me, I would say GOD IS MY FATHER. I see God as a protective, wise, LOVING, Father who is the perfect balance of love and pure devotion and wise discipline. I didn’t always see God as my FATHER, though.
I did know God far before I was His child. I knew that He existed and that He and He alone was God, but I did not submit my life to Him. Before I became His child I thought of Him in a very fearful way… not the I-know-who-You-are-and-I-reverently-am-in-awe-of-you kind of way. But definitely the… I-know-You-can-zap-me kind of way! Because I did not know my Heavenly Father I did not see Him for who He truly is.
God has been calling me all my life, just like He is calling you! Calling you to be His child. Just think of that… a child of the very God of ALL! When I realized that God passionately wanted me to be His child I flew into His arms and called Him Abba, which means Daddy in Hebrew! I was 33 years old!
HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF THE FATHER THAT HE LAVISHES ON US THAT WE SHOULD BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD! AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE. 1 John 3:1
I had a wonderful earthly father. My daddy was so loving and strong and would do ANYTHING to provide for me and keep me safe and build a healthy and lasting relationship with me!
This is what I remember when I think about my Daddy and I’m sure it is the base for the way I look at God, my heavenly Father!
I was not a very strong willed child (like my sister… LOVE you, Lisa!) but Daddy and I did have our disagreements especially during my teenage years. I remember many a night, after a sometimes loud disagreement on my part that involved storming and stomping up the stairs to my bedroom and slamming the door, my Daddy would knock on my bedroom door when the house was quiet and settled and come over to my bed to sit on the edge of it and talk.
He would talk to me in a soft, powerful voice filled with fatherly love that would absolutely melt my stubborn heart! Daddy always told me how much he love me, even when I was being quite unlovable! He would share his grand wisdom with me helping me see the errors of my ways without blame or shame or anything negative! Then, my wonderful Daddy would apologize to ME!
My father, so filled with love, would tell me how sorry he was when he had done nothing wrong. It was so important to my Dad that we (all of us) would never go to bed angry and that all his children fell asleep knowing how much Daddy loved us and cared for us.
My father humbled himself to sacrificially love us! As I’m writing this I am crying. Just the thought of my Father’s great love for his family and how this wonderful man would put aside his right to be right… and humble himself for my sake is overwhelming and not lost on me at all!!!!
I am forever grateful to God for my Father!
I had a wonderful example of God’s perfect Fatherhood in my life. So, when I became God’s child I had a glimpse of His love for me because of my Daddy!
Now, I know some of you might not have had a father that was a godly example in your life. I’m sure it is heart breaking! But you have a God that wants to fill in every space in your life that is void! I promise you this!!!!
Once I became a Christian and turned my life over to my Lord (owner, creator) and Savior (saved me from sin and death and an eternity separated from God, my Father) I began to see God for the loving Father He really is!!!
Here is a most beautiful video… a love letter from YOUR FATHER. Please take the time to listen to it!
It is the best representation I have ever heard of God, our Father! If you do one thing today, this should be it!