Who's Your Daddy? A Christian Blog on Father's Day that'll get you thinking ...
By Debra Torres When I was a little girl, my Girl Scout troop attended a father/daughter square dance.
It was a fun evening of “swing your partner” and “do-si-do” and, after a full night, my dad treated me to a hot fudge brownie sundae at our local “Big Boy” restaurant.
I remember how special I felt on those square dancing nights with my dad and mmm that hot fudge was good!
Dads are important aren’t they?
Unfortunately, not all of us have happy memories of our fathers. For some reason or other our relationships may be soured, tainted or even nonexistent.
I spoke with a friend once whose experience with her dad was way different than my own.
You see, her dad was an alcoholic who cheated on her mom. And the hurt is still there, even though years have passed and her dad is now gone. I’ve heard that our relationship with God often duplicates our own relationship with our earthly dads.
Because I was blessed with a good relationship with my dad, it was an easy thing for me to receive the free gift of salvation as a teenager.
But my friend still struggles.
She yearns to know God, but she’s got a brick wall around her heart that she can’t seem to get through.
She reads his word without understanding and gets frustrated at the distance she feels from him.
No doubt my friend needs some inner healing, and I know God can do that. He yearns to show her the love of a true father, but you know my friend has to be ready and willing, and I don’t think she’s there yet.
Understanding the fatherhood of God can be difficult for some. Do you know that Jesus set a pattern for us to pray to God as “our father?”
And in Romans 8:15b-16 it says, “you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”
And do you know what the translation of Abba is? It’s an Aramaic word that communicates the deep intimacy that takes place between parents and children.
I’ve heard people say it means “daddy.”
Does our God desire to know us only from a distance?
There is a deep, intimate relationship our God yearns to have with each one of us. How amazing is it that the creator of the universe longs to have this with you and me!
Whether you’ve had a dad that makes it easy for you to receive the love of our heavenly father or not, God still longs to hold you in his arms and hear you call him “daddy.”
My husband’s outside right now with our little girl. Patiently, he’s following her around as they experience a few minutes of “father/daughter time.”
As I peek through the window at the pair, I notice that she’s leading him to my perennial garden and pointing out the pretty blooms.
Knowing that he’s not much of a “flower guy,” I find myself smiling and thinking about his patience with her. He’s building a relationship that will hopefully someday make it an easy transition for her to know her heavenly “daddy.”
Who’s your daddy?
This Father’s Day, let’s do some soul searching. It might hurt a little - and take some healing, but isn’t it worth it so you can live confidently as a child of God?
Here are some Bible verses that'll help you on your journey:
Galatians 4:4-7 (New Living Translation) But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 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. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
John 1:12-13 (New Living Translation) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
Psalm 27:10 (Amplified Bible) Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child].