Knowing God as Father


“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV 1984)

 I recently traveled twenty thousand miles to be with my father on his birthday, and throughout my journey, I pondered upon the blessings and privileges of being my father’s child.

There was one word, precious to the lips of Jesus, and that word was “Father”.  All through His life on earth, Jesus always spoke to God as “Father”.

In any journey, there is a pathway and a destination.  John 14:6 illustrates that Jesus is the way, and the destination is the Father.  It is through the Lord Jesus Christ that we can know God as Father;  He is the only one who can reveal the Father to us.  By receiving new life through Christ, God becomes our Father, and this is one of the greatest treasures of Redeeming Grace: not only are we received into God’s family, we also gain all the privileges as children of God, being made joint heirs with Christ.

Let us consider some of the blessings of knowing God as our very own Father:

First, we receive a sense of personal identity.  As our earthly fathers give us our identity and our family name, we have the same sense of belonging when we become children of God.  We can run to our Heavenly Father’s arms, knowing that He cares for us and knows our every need.

Second, we obtain a home in heaven.  Heaven becomes very real to us, with the assurance that we have a Father who loves us and awaits us when our earthly lives are over;  our Father, the Creator of the universe, will send forth an escort of angels to usher us into a glorious entrance into our heavenly home.

Third, we have an assurance of total security, knowing that we are in the Father’s hand: “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:29   It is important to know that we are safe and secure in the Father’s hands, to consider that we are of infinitely more value than the sparrows, who are even under the watchful eye of the Father.

Fourth, knowing God as Father provides a motive for service.  “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” John 8:29  Many would have us believe that worldly success provides security and a sense of fulfillment; however, the opposite is true, because with success, as the world defines it, comes the fear of losing the very things it brings forth. But the path to fulfillment in life is simple, as demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ: it is knowing God as our Father, and making it our intense desire to please Him by our actions, attitudes and motivations.

How wondrous it is to greet each new day, to experience the blessedness of knowing and trusting God as our Father!

References:

Louisa Clayton, The One Great Reality, Address II, 2009, BiblioBazaar Edition

Derek Prince Sermon, “Knowing God as Father”, DP030+DP031

Photography by Dovydenko Vyascheslav

18 thoughts on “Knowing God as Father

  1. You wrote this one for me, Dee. I needed this encouragement. When we go through a season of cleaning out our mind – seeing what our real motivations are, then it is nice to be reminded that He is still our Father.

    • I am glad and heartened to know that this post spoke to you and encouraged you, Sandra! A season of cleaning out our mind is needful, and yes, comforting to know that through it all, we are reminded that He is our Father. And as an earthly father has compassion upon his children, so does our heavenly Father have compassion upon us, His children, as we go through the difficult moments in our lives.

  2. How wonderful that you made the journey to visit your father and thank you for the reminder of our Father in heaven awaiting our ‘coming home’. Beautiful!

  3. welcome home, how strange it must feel to be home again. but i see by your meditation that the solid rock you stand on is stronger than ever. God bless you and your writing! much love…

  4. Dearest Dee, I loved this, and admit that I was in tears by the time I finished reading. I, as you, am blessed to be the child of such a loving and dear earthly father, and the same in my Father above. We are precious gifts, as they are to us, as we seek always to understand the magnitude of the love they give us unconditionally. Thank you for sharing…….and for the joy I know you experienced in being with your father. Mine turned 80 this past month, and every day with him is a bliss I can hardly speak of. ~ Love you, Bobbie

    • Dearest Bobbie, I am so glad you loved this post, and happy to know that we share the same experience of having loving earthly fathers. My father turned 87, and I am in awe of how he is still so strong mentally and physically, still serving the people he has served for decades. Love you too, Dee

  5. As someone who suffered extreme abuse from three ‘fathers’ I was a definite man-hater and the thought of ‘father’ had no attraction for me.
    At a critical point of my life, when I had no thought for God, God stepped in. In the space of a VERY short time I came to know Him as a PERFECT Father: Someone who only desired the very, very best for me.
    That was 54 years ago, and I must say that in all those years, He has indeed been my perfect Father. He has been my Teacher and Guide; my Strength and Enabler; my Challenger and Corrector; my Encouragement and Comforter; my Provider and Refuge . . . ALL I have needed.

    What an amazing God!

    • Those must have been such painful years with three abusive “fathers”. Yes, what an amazing and loving God, Who stepped in and took you out of the miry clay and set your feet upon a rock, and became your perfect Father. Thank you so much for sharing your life experience, it fills my heart with rejoicing.

  6. Magnificent ! I was so happily surprised by this and your flawless telling the truth! Identity is so vital to be identified from the second we are born in order to stop swinging back and forth from one weak limb to another when the SON established truth from the beginning ! He is the Beginning ! Wonderful !

  7. i was just thinking about you and your trip to see your father, and i suddenly remembered one of the first poems i read of yours, and i hoped i would find it. you wrote it for him and it reveals the sweetest relationship. yes, just as beautiful as i remembered… have a wonderful weekend…

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