Galatians 4:6 "And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, "Abba, Father."
God has many names. Jehovah Jireh, Elohim, Abba and El Shaddai, just to name a few. All of them have different meanings, however, all of those names encompass who God is. He is our father and Lord God Almighty. Recently, I've been studying the many names of God and how seeing God through the meaning of these names can improve our interactions and relationship with him. For this post, we'll be focusing on one of my favorite names for God, Abba, Father.
Leading up to Galatians Chapter 4, the Apostle Paul begins writing a letter to the church in Galatia because they have been led astray and are turning away from God. Paul explains to the Galatians that the old ways of following the law to be made right with Christ are over. Because of our human inequities, if we were held to the standards of the law, none of us would make it, as we all fall short of His glory. But because of Christ and his sacrifice, we have been made right with God through faith. He tells them "It's no longer I who live, but Christ that lives in me." Paul ends chapter three telling the Galatians that they are children of God, and because they are his children, they are heirs to God's promises to Abraham. We are no longer slaves, but are heirs, and God's children, therefore, just as Christ did, we must prompt out to God, calling him "Abba, Father."
When I think of God as my Abba, my father, I think of how as a little girl I would run into my father's arms the minute he walked in the door from work. I picture myself running into the arms of our heavenly father, eager to receive his love. When we acknowledge God not just as a healer, and a provider, and a way maker, but as our Father, our relationship with Him becomes significantly more intimate.
So what do we receive when we look at God as our Abba, Father?
Unconditional Love - There is no greater love than the love of God for His children. Romans 8:38 reads "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.
Safety - In many places in the bible, we see how there is safety in God. Psalm 91:1 reads "Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 32:7 reads "You, oh Lord, are my hiding place." Psalm 46:1 states, "God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in the time of trouble." When I think of safety in Christ, it's not just about being kept out of harm's way. I imagine a child, who has no fears in his father's arms. That's the joy of intimacy when we acknowledge God as our Abba.
Guidance - Proverbs 22:6 states "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I believe that it is God's desire to train up his children in his ways, that we may follow him and never depart. When I see God as my Abba, Father, He leads the way and I follow. When we acknowledge God as Abba, we never want to be away from him.
It's so awesome to know that regardless of your relationship with your natural Father, we serve a God who loves us so much that we can have an intimate relationship with him. He is our daddy, our Abba. When we acknowledge God as our Abba, there's nothing that we can't tell him. Find assurance in knowing that he's always there, listening.