GOD IS FATHER.

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God is holy. His grander and majesty have been on display throughout creation since the moment His fullness collided with the vast emptiness and nothingness (Genesis 1v1-2). He puts His power and authority on display through merely speaking words and creation obeys. He is a Creator with a wildly insane imagination. David exclaims, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork" (Psalm 19v1). He exercises His sovereign reign and rule over His creation as He wills. He arranges and controls all things according to His own sovereign purposes. The prophet Isaiah declares on behalf of God, "for my thoughts are not you thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55v8-9). God asks Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding" (Job 38v4).

Surely we are to worship this God.

Surely we must fear Him.

 

He is other.

He is more.

He is magnificent.

He is good.

 

He is infinite, yet personal.

He is eternal, yet here.

Perfectly holy, yet welcoming.

 

But perhaps, the most provocative way God has chosen to reveal Himself to His most beloved in creation is...

Father.

The Apostle Paul makes a bold claim in the letter he writes to the church in Ephesus. He asserts, "there is one God, Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4v6). In the letter written to the church in Rome, Paul writes, "...you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, 'Abba! Father'" (Romans 8v15). Abba was a term used by children when addressing their fathers. It is a term of tender endearment by a beloved child. An equivalent English word would be daddy. As sons and daughters, with deep affection and complete dependence, we can approach God as our loving daddy. As a father, He provides, protects, and is perfectly present with His family. Jesus says, "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" (Matthew 6v26). He loves with perfect precision; nothing is ever outside of our good, and everything is always for His glory. He has adopted us as His own and He has gone to the most extreme of lengths to remind us, "You are mine."

 

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