Church of the Living Word

God Wants to Be Our Father
By Matt Walkoe   June 24th, 2018

God is all powerful; He created all things, and is over all things. However, it is amazing to realize that the way He chooses to relate to us is as a father. We do not tend to relate to Him that way. He wants to reveal Himself to us on another level.

King David spoke of all the magnificent attributes of God, and yet he prayed, “Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever” (I Chronicles 29:10). David lived in an intimate relationship with God that combined a revelation of His greatness along with an awareness that God was his father; and the father of the nation of Israel for all time.

We have all had experiences with our natural fathers that can affect how we view the heavenly Father. But whatever examples we have had on a human level do not really matter. The true revelation of a father is God, the Creator, Who cares for us. He is a father to each one of us. Therefore, Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father, who is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). Everything of significance that God does comes out of Him being a father to us.

The Kingdom of God is a father-son relationship. God told King David that he would establish a kingdom for his son that would last forever (II Samuel 7:12-13). He was referring to both Solomon, his natural heir, and to Christ, who will return to sit on the throne of David and establish His Kingdom over all the earth. What is the Kingdom? It is God ultimately reconciling the world to Himself as a father. It is amazing that God could have been anything that He wanted to be to the world, but He chose to relate to us as a father.

People often think of the end time in terms of God’s judgments. What is judgment really about? A father protects his children from danger. God’s judgments are better understood as the response of a father who sees his children held in bondage. Their deliverance often requires judgment. If you understand the love of a father, you will understand judgment.

The Lord says, “Israel is My son, My firstborn” (Exodus 4:22). God loves the nation of Israel. We, as Gentiles, are also included in this relationship with the Father. Jesus gave His life for us so that we might be adopted as God’s sons and call Him “Abba, Father.” That is an expression of an intimate relationship. Christ’s ultimate goal was to reconcile all mankind back to the Father.

God is beyond our ability to comprehend, so He comes to us in a way that we can understand, as a father. He is looking for this simple father-son relationship with us. Lord, help us see that all You are doing is designed to bring us individually into a relationship with You as our Father.

Scriptures: I Chronicles 29:10-14; II Samuel 7:12-14; Exodus 4:21-23; Jeremiah 3:19; Galatians 4:1-6; (John 20:17; 3:16); (Matthew 6:9, 13); (II Corinthians 6:18).

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