The best part of my day: opening the garage door and hearing Hannah shout, “Daddy!” As I open the kitchen door, I hear these little feet pounding the linoleum floor, and I know it’s only moments until I see her come around the corner with that big smile on her face. I frantically place my keys and phone onto the counter in order to have my hands empty before she reaches me. I pick her up for our daily bear hug, and she updates me on what happened that day. I carry her into the living room where Naomi is trying to roll over, and we spend the next hour playing together. It’s the most incredible feeling in the world, and it must be how God feels when we want to spend time with Him as much as our kids want to spend time with us.
The Bible says that God is our dad. That’s a weird thought at first considering who God is. He is more than anything we could ever imagine. He is the perfect representation of love. He is the creator of everything we see and everything we can’t see. It’s almost unfathomable to consider Him as a dad, but that’s exactly how the Bible describes Him.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are childrenof God.
15 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.”
Romans 8:14-15 (NLT)
5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.
Galatians 4:5-7 (NLT)
And yet, do we approach Him as a dad? Most of us have never even considered Him on these terms. We just think of Him as “the Big Guy in the sky”, or “the Man upstairs”. Often we think of Him as “the Punisher”, watching and waiting for an opportunity to smite us, but the more one contemplates this concept of God as our dad, the more sense it makes.
Over the next few entries, we’re going to take a look at the incredible benefits of approaching God as a dad. For now, turn your computer off, put the cell phone down, and run into the arms of your Daddy!