KNOW GOD AS DADDY
(NKJV): Romans 8:15 = “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
(CEV): Romans 8:15 = “God’s Spirit doesn’t make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father.”
One night after a worship service a friend of mine and I stepped outside and were suddenly awed by the beauty around us. It was one of those crisp, clear winter nights when the brilliance of the moon and stars nearly takes your breath away. I said to my friend, “Tommy, will you look at that!” Then he looked up with one of those Holy Ghost whole face smiles and with a voice full of tenderness said, “My Daddy Made that!”
“My Daddy….” I’ll never forget the way he said that.
Some people might think he shouldn’t have been talking in such familiar terms about God, but they would be wrong. It’s Scriptural to talk that way about God. In the New Testament there’s a Greek word for father– Abba. The most accurate translation for that word in English is Daddy. It’s a word that signifies closeness. It speaks of a relationship that’s been developed through time spent together.
Father is one thing. Daddy is another.
Growing up, my father was sometimes my father, and sometimes my daddy. When we were out duck hunting, he was daddy. When he gave commands (he meant to be obeyed instantly), he was father.
God is like that too. He’s your Father, and He’s your Daddy. There are times you’ll be very serious and down to business with one another. Other times you will be more light-hearted. But either way, once you fellowship with Him enough to get to know Him, I guarantee, you will want to be close to Him all the time.