"God, My Father"

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 4:1-7

Through faith in Jesus Christ we become members of the family of God. We learn that because we are members of God’s family we are to call God Abba. Abba is the Aramaic word for father. Jesus used Abba when addressing God (Matt. 6:9-13). Believers considered addressing God as Abba to be a distinguishing mark of Christians. Circumcision was the mark of the Jew. Calling God Father was the mark of the Christian.

Can you call God Father? Do you call him Father? Because many children have bad experiences with their earthly fathers, some people suggest we ought not to call God our Father. They say, “Let us call him by his many other names, such as Sovereign, Eternal, Everlasting, Righteous, Just, Holy ,but not insist on calling him Father. But, until we know him as our Father, we do not truly know him. Until we know his fatherly love and goodness, we do not know him.

That is why, apart from unhappy associations with human fathers, we must learn to pray, “My Father in heaven.” When these words rise from our lips, the world knows that we are Christians.

PRAYER

Eternal, sovereign, holy, righteous God, help me to confidently call you “Abba, Father.” Through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.