This morning was a “listening” morning. What I mean by that is, usually, I do a lot of talking. I converse with God about what He is showing me and I ask many, many questions. Today, however, I felt the need to be still…to just listen. And allow God, the Father, to minister directly to my heart.
When it comes to fathers, we’ve all had different experiences. Some have amazing fathers who pour out love and support in an unending supply. Others have fathers who have grossly mistreated them, leaving scars so deep that healing seems nearly impossible. And some have lost their fathers, through passing or abandonment.
In my many years in ministry, I have seen how our relationship with our earthly father directly influences our interaction with our Heavenly Father. I have experienced it in my own interactions with God.
God has many names, but there is something very tender and relational about the term, Abba. It is an intimate term of endearment. And while there is no equivalent to the word in our language, it is often compared to using the word “daddy.”
The use of Abba also notes the confidence of a child in their father. Jesus used the word “Father” when speaking about God…and taught the disciples to address Him in the same manner. But it was in one of His darkest moments, in the Garden of Gethsemane, that we actually read that Jesus used the word “Abba.”
Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. “Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:35-36
In a moment of utter anguish, Jesus used a term that showed intimacy with God…and complete confidence in His will.
And we, as sons and daughters of God, were taught that we can have that same relationship with Him. Through Jesus, we are adopted into a family where God is the Father…our Abba, Father (John 1:12). Because of this, not only can we have an intimate relationship with Him…but we can also have full confidence in Him, no matter our circumstances.
The Father’s Blessing
God loves to bless His children. In the Old Testament, God instructed Moses to tell Aaron how to bless the Israelites:
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ “So they will put my Name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27
We also see two examples of God blessing Jesus. First, at His baptism: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
And again at the transfiguration: While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” Matthew 17:5
In His Word God shows us His approval and love for Jesus…that He is “well pleased” with Him. In the HCSB, it says that God takes delight in Him!
If this is how God feels about His Son then we, through our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior, become sons and daughters…and we, too, can be blessed by our Abba, Father!
I want to share with you The Father’s Blessing (click on the title). If you never click on another link that I share, I hope you will take just a few brief moments to hear God’s heart toward you – and receive His blessing.
If you would like to watch the entire episode of The Mystery of the Father’s Blessing (John Paul Jackson, Streams Ministries), it can be found here.
May God bless you and speak directly to your heart, as you seek to understand His heart toward you.
See you, tomorrow!