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A Daddy Who Loves Me - Girlfriends in God - June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014
A Daddy Who Loves Me
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters(2 Corinthians 6:18, NIV).

Friend to Friend

In talking to women all across the country, I see eyes fill with tears when I talk about the dream of having a daddy who loves me. But the tears are not for me. They reveal the longing in their own hearts. Perhaps you are one of those women.

Bob Carlisle wrote a songtitled Butterfly Kisses that climbed the charts in 2000. It received international recognition in both the Christian and secular music industries. The song was about the tender love between a father and his daughter, starting from her birth to her wedding day. Carlisle said, “I get a lot of mail from young girls who try to get me to marry their moms. That used to be a real chuckle because it’s so cute, but then I realized they didn’t want romance for mom. They want the father that is in that song, and that just kills me.”

In the Old Testament, God has many names. He is:

Elohim–the Creator
El Elyon–God Most High
El Roi–the God who sees.
El Shaddai–the All-Sufficient One
Adonai–the Lord
Jehovah–the Self-Existent One
Jehovah-Jireh–the Lord Will Provide
Jehovah–Rapha–the Lord that heals
Jehovah-Shalom–the Lord is peace
Jehovah-Raah–the Lord my Shepherd

His covenant name with the people of Israel was I AM. J.I. Packer, in his book, Knowing God, said, “He is: and it is because He is what He is that everything else is as it is.” Theologians call this the “isness” of God. I just love that! He just IS.

In the New Testament, Jesus introduced a new name for God—Father. It is the name that Jesus referred to more than any other and the name that He invites us to use to address the Creator of the Universe. Just stop and think about that for a moment. The God of the Universe who created the heavens and the earth, who always has been and always will be, who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere at once—that same God invites you to call Him Daddy!

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He said:

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name...” (Matthews 6:6-9, NIV).

Packer went on to say: “For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new and better than the Old, everything that is distinctly Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the fatherhood of God.” All other religions demand followers to worship created beings (Mohammad, Buddha), but Jehovah the Creator, the great I AM, invites us to crawl up in His lap, become His child, and call Him Abba, Daddy.

He said, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18NIV).

This Father’s Day, no matter what your situation may be with your earthly dad, always remember that you have a heavenly Father who loves you dearly and has your name written on the palm of His hand.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, thank You for being a father who loves me as His precious child. How amazing to think that the God who created the universe and all it contains invites me to be His child and call Him Abba, Father. I do not take this invitation lightly, but cherish it with all my heart.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Make a list of your idea of a perfect father? Now put a check mark by the ones you have experienced in God as His child.

What does God promise in 2 Corinthians 6:18?

Describe how God, our Father, is depicted in Hosea 11:3-4.

What do you learn about the love of God in Ephesians 3:18-19?

What do you learn about the Fatherhood of God in 1 Corinthians 8:6?

Click over to my Facebook page and tell me 2-3 of the aspects of the Fatherhood of God that mean the most to you.

More from the Girlfriends

Don’t you just love learning about the names of God? Each one teaches us something new about His character and His ways. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out our Girlfriends in God book Knowing God by Name. Gwen, Mary, and I have also created free videos that go with each of the eight weeks of this Bible study/devotional. Here’s a truth to hang your hat on…the more you know about God, the more you will trust Him!

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