Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 17 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 64-66
Food for Thought: Is. 64:8
For some, it seems difficult to comprehend the depths of the concept of God being our heavenly Father and what it all entails. They understand the existence of God, but in their minds, He is distant, uninvolved, unreachable. So they live their lives hardly even acknowledging Him as Father, if at all. They try to manage on their own, and only cry out to God in the most urgent of situations, and, sadly, there is a huge void in their lives because of it.
Still others call Him Father, but only in the most formal sense. To them, He is only to be approached with great caution. They don’t know Him as Abba, their daddy, and they miss out on the joy of having a relationship with the One who smiles lovingly at His children and eagerly receives them in His lap. He’s not just the provider, protector, and disciplinarian in the home. He’s like the dad who bounces his children on his knee, gives piggy-back rides, and just loves to spend time with his children, telling them stories, teaching them important skills, and playing games with them.
He wants to be known as Abba, Daddy. It is a term of endearment. Calling Him “Abba” reveals our relationship and position with Him, as shown in Galatians 4:6 : “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
Yes, still reverence Him. And still remember that He is the holy God of all creation. But remember, too, that He chose you to be His child, He’s the One Who placed you in that position to be loved by Him. I John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” And in that position as child of God, there are many benefits, one of them being able to come to Him anytime, calling Him Abba, Daddy, as He receives you with open arms.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):