Understanding Our Heavenly Father (1)
Religious people in Jesus’ day found the concept of Papa God hard to grasp. Lord, king, judge, they understood—but not Father. Their Old Testament Scriptures barely spoke half a dozen times of God as Father, whereas the New Testament mentions it hundreds of times. Jesus Himself said, ‘No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.’ (Matthew 11:27 NIV)
The truth is, until Jesus revealed the Father, God remained a mystery to them. And many of us still don’t comprehend His Fatherhood and the rich blessings we have in Him. Father, God’s all-inclusive name, incorporates everything you’ll ever need and discloses exactly how He feels about you. He exemplifies every trait of the best father imaginable. Whatever a loving father would do for his needy child, your heavenly Father will do for you—and then some. Once we recognise God as our Father, our fears dissolve as we start to realise that all our needs will be met.
Jesus said, ‘It gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.’ (Luke 12:32 NLT) It makes God happy to give you the resources of His kingdom. Why? Because He loves you as much as He loves Jesus! In John 17:23, Jesus prayed you’d know with confidence that your Papa God loves you in the same way as He loves Jesus Himself. So treat God as your Father, and start acting like His child and enjoying the benefits of family membership (see Ephesians 2:19).