Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father! (Daddy) Galatians 4:6
When I was a young child, perhaps four or five years old, I used to storm into my dad’s office at church without knocking. Of course, I wanted to see my dad immediately and probably had some silly questions to ask him. But without hesitation, he dropped what he was doing and listened to everything I had to say. I know others who happened to be in the office that day may have been a bit perturbed at my dad, letting me take preference over them, but he did.
Add to this another time when I was in the hospital a year later. And who was it that came into my room that night after surgery, my dad, of course. As my mother told me later, he came to tell the nurses on duty that he would be staying through the night. They assured him he did not need to stay, because they would take care of me just fine. “No way,” said my dad, “I will take care of my son.” So, my dad stayed through the night, assisting the nurses, which did not particularly make them happy. He sat by my side, working on Sunday’s sermon, and getting me anything I needed.
In a way, my dad, to me, was kind of like Paul’s view of God was to him. In his epistles, Paul often refers to God as Abba Father, which essentially means daddy. Incredible, isn’t it that God would have us call Him daddy, as I did with my father. The same God who created the earth, the universe, the angelic realm, and all of humanity, wants us to relate to Him in as personal way as possible, like a loving, caring, and protective dad.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ Romans 8:15
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17
The next time you feel a bit discouraged or rejected by circumstances or life itself, remember the God who made the universe loves you deeply. He is not just looking down upon you from above, but is beside your bedside, as a loving dad would be with a sick son or daughter. He is pretty busy with all that is going on in this world, but never too busy to take care of you. So, yes, call Him God, Father, and even Lord, but also call Him daddy, for He is that too.
Mark 14:32, 35-36 32 They all came to Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here until I have prayed.‘ 35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.36 And He was saying, ‘Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.‘
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Psalms 136:5-9 5 To Him who made the heavens with skill, for His lovingkindness is everlasting; 6 To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, for His lovingkindness is everlasting;7 To Him who made the great lights, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. 8 The sun to rule by day, for His lovingkindness is everlasting,9 The moon and stars to rule by night, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.