Who is God the Father?


One God and Father of all,

who is over all, in all, and living through all.

- Ephesians 4:6

There is no other name like Yours.

God the Father. What a beautiful name! I think for each of us as we grow in our faith and the more we get to know who God is, we start to discover who He is in our lives. For me the name and characteristic that I closely relate to is God as my Father. There is a comfort and peace about knowing He is my Heavenly Father over everything and living through everything beyond what I can ever control or even imagine. As I’ve studied who He is as a Father, I have gravitated towards the name of Abba Father. Though it is only mentioned three separate times in the Bible, it is a name that is so intimate and precious.

Something I love to do when I read through the Bible is really study the words and their original meaning and language. So here is a quick history lesson for ya-- “Abba” is the defining term for father in the Aramaic language, that was spoken by both Jesus and Paul, as an intimate term to characterize their personal relationships with God. In Mark 16:36 Jesus prayed:

“Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

When Jesus prays this He says it as a way of acknowledging the power of God and the greatness that He knows will come for Him through the sacrifice on the cross. He is expressing an adoration for His Father and asking God that His will be shown through this “cup” of sacrifice.

When my heart is heavy and I feel alone, I remember this prayer and I will just let this be my heart cry. Being made in His image gives me this unbreakable bond and as I study I am reminded that no matter the season I am in He is my “Abba.” The Father to the fatherless, the Father of mercies and the God of comfort and compassion towards His children. He knows our greatest strengths and our greatest weaknesses; He has known us since before we were formed in the womb and He calls us daughters.

No matter whether you have a good relationship with your earthly father or not, please remember that God is the perfect Father. He does not disappoint. He does not abuse or shame. He is intimate and personal, He knows our needs and supplies them, and best of all He loves His children unconditionally.

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. -1 John 3:1 NLT

Reflection

1. Who is God to you? Do you accept Him as Father in your life? If not, what is holding you back?

2. What are some ways that you can actively give Him the role in your life as Abba Father?

Prayer

Abba Father, oh how You love me. Thank You for being the perfect Father, the one who sees my needs and wants, who is near and always listening. You are all I need even when I get let down. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your own son because of the love You had for me as your daughter. I pray that You will continue to show yourself as Abba in my life. I love You so much!

Amen



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