While praying this morning I was thanking God for the privilege of calling Him “Father”, and for the even greater privilege of calling Him “Abba”—“Dad”. +
As I continued to meditate on that, it dawned on me that calling Him “Abba”, while no less a privilege, is in reality a RELATIONSHIP. He’s not just my Father, He’s my DAD! That opens a whole realm of possibilities I can only begin to fathom. Fathers are in positional authority; dads are in relational authority. And with that relational authority comes relational responsibility.
If you’ve never experienced the difference between “father” and “dad” (or “daddy”), you’ve missed out on a relationship that protects, provides, encourages, guides, and much more. That’s the relationship you can have with your heavenly Dad, if you’ll just turn to Him in that light.
Thank you, Lord, for being my Dad!