For all who are led by the Spirit of God are childrenof God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. (Romans 8:14-17)
How would it change you if you related to God as your good, loving, strong Daddy?
My friend lost her dad suddenly at the tender age of 6. Without a physical father, she pressed in to the only other father she knew, her Heavenly one. When she prays, she calls him “Daddy,” and it grips me every time.
My brother spent time in an orphanage in Romania and had an extended conversation with a young man in his 20s. I’ll never forget his story. All he ever wanted was a family.
Knowing God as my Daddy is a new adventure for me. God has so sweetly shown me ways in which I’m living outside of His care, like an orphan, trying to fight for my own needs, prove my worth, fend for myself. I don’t need to live this way. We have a Heavenly Father who made it possible for us to be adopted as His daughters through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price for our adoption into His family. We don’t have to live bound by sin, fear, self-protection or any other way of our old nature any longer. We can know God as our Daddy, depend on Him fully, and know ourselves as His dearly beloved daughters, filled with the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Incredible!
Part of being a good heavenly Father is that God is a great teacher, and He’s kind. He longs to father you, teach you, mold you, and embrace you. It’s a powerful and intimate appointment to crawl up into the lap of God. Do not fear. There is no question too hard for Him, no pain too deep for Him, no doubt you have that will scare Him. He understands the ways in which we’ve been hurt by our earthly fathers. He longs to heal every hurt and show you what a true Father is as He relates to you as His cherished own daughter.
So how does it change things, change you, to relate to God as your Daddy? I’d love to hear!