You know how we always refer to God as “Father”? What do we really mean when we say that? Is that just another name we have for him? Because sometimes we really don’t see him as our dad. We read the stories of the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, and we see Him destroying people and civilizations and, though we may not question it out loud or consciously think it, we feel like he’s kind of mean. And for many of us, that just doesn’t reconcile with the name “Father”. And a whole slew of problems can come from this confused view of God. Before this week, I was definitely someone that fell into this category of thinking, even if I didn’t necessarily realize it. Chris Failla put a wrecking ball through that this week.
He started by crediting God the Father as exactly that – a father. In Ephesians 1:4-5, Paul writes that “He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” So we’re adopted into the family of the Trinity. And this was his plan before the creation of the earth. And it’s not only his will but his absolute pleasure. Everything the Lord does is done in fatherly love. All those Old Testament stories of gruesomeness and destruction are illustrations of his discipline and protection – just as an earthly father, in love, would discipline and protect us. Chris said of God’s wrath, “it’s what we call God’s love as it encounters and devours evil, injustice, sin and death.” That makes us see things a little bit differently.
Can you imagine the way faith is transformed when we see God as our Father instead of just calling him that? With this new wisdom, I’ve been able to go back to memories deep into my childhood that Satan has used to convince me of untruths, and instead replace the lies with the Father’s truth. In realizing the immense love the Father has for me, that he created me out of love, and that he truly delights in me, I realize so much more of my potential in him. I have found it so much easier to believe that he is who he says he is, and I am who he says I am. And there is so much power in that!
Katie Bell- September 2013 DTS Student