Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Who is your God? I don’t mean Allah or Yahweh or Jesus or the Spirit in the Sky. I mean, is your God good or bad? Kind or harsh? Encouraging or judgmental? Loving or looking for an opportunity to beat you up?

Jesus tells us that we can call God our “Father”. He even uses the word “Abba”, which means Daddy. That may seem strange to some, but it reveals the personal nature of God. Yes, we must honor Him as Holy and Almighty and Glorious, but we can also see him as “Daddy”. He is indeed powerful, but also “Daddy”.

The most powerful man on the planet is President Obama. He is also a dad. I remember reading some advice Jenna and Barbara Bush, daughters of President George W. Bush, gave to President Obama’s daughters:

“Our dad, like yours, is a man of great integrity and love; a man who always put us first. We still see him now as we did when we were seven: as our loving daddy. Our Dad, who read to us nightly, taught us how to score tedious baseball games. He is our father, not the sketch in a paper or part of a skit on TV. Many people will think they know him, but they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece of advice: remember who your dad really is.”

(The Wall Street Journal, January 22, 2009)

What great advice. Great words for us to remember about our God and Who He really is: He is The Almighty God who loves us and is proud that we are His children. He delights in the little things in our lives, and He wants us to call Him “Daddy” because He doesn’t want us to lose that intimacy with Him.

I encourage you to reacquaint yourself with God, our Almighty and Loving Father.

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