Did you know that God wants a relationship with you that is as close as an earthly father’s relationship is with his child? In fact, the Bible says He is your Dad.

Now, I know that many of you did not, or do not, have the best relationship with your dad. But, if you would, think of what kind of a dad you wished you had. What would he be like? How would you describe him? Would he be present, helpful, kind, affirming? One that listens to you, encourages you, supports you, and just enjoys being with you? Well, if so, you just described God.

Maybe you have a friend who has a dad like that. Or maybe you’ve seen dads at sporting events cheering on their kids. Or maybe you’ve seen some good dads on television. Or maybe you have a great dad.

Whatever the case may be, believe it or not, God wants you to relate to Him, not just a “FATHER”, but as Dad. If that makes you uncomfortable, it gets worse. Jesus called God, Daddy. Yup, that’s right. He used the word, “Abba”, which is the Aramaic word for, “Daddy”, “Papa”, even, “Dada”.

You might say, “Yeah, but that was for Jesus only.” Well, not according to these two passages:

“And you did not receive the ‘spirit of religious duty,’ leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the ‘Spirit of full acceptance,’ enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, ‘Beloved Father!’ Romans 8:15 TPT

The term, “Beloved Father” in Aramaic is, “Abba”, “Daddy”. Here it is again:

“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6 NLT

This truth is extremely important, especially in times of distress. If your view of God is that He is a distant, intimidating, disapproving, or hard to please Father, you will not get the help you need, especially the emotional help. Nor will you have the kind of faith you will need in difficult times, the kind of faith my kids have, knowing they can come into their dad’s office anytime and ask for what they need.

In times of distress, which many are in right now, we need God to be our Dad – an attentive, comforting, protecting, providing presence. That’s what Jesus had when He was on the earth.
This struck me fresh and new this morning as I needed to go to Father, our Dad, and ask for His help. The thought came to my mind, I think by the Holy Spirit, of what kind of dad I am to my kids. I am constantly meeting their needs and fixing their stuff. And I’m happy to do so. And when they are really in trouble, and they cry out to me, I want to be there for them.

When Jesus was in his darkest, most difficult moment, he called out to His Father, and He used the word, “Abba”.

“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.” Mark 14:36 NLT

Though God did not take the suffering away, He was there in the midst of it, as Jesus’ Daddy, to comfort and strengthen Him so He could make it through it.

God is with you too. Right now. He is present to be your Father, Dad, Daddy.

How do you view God? Do you see Him as a distant, intimidating figure, or a great Dad?

I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you who the Father really is. As you grow more comfortable seeing Him as a good Dad, it will be a tremendous help in your greatest times of need.

John