Focus on God

Jesus taught his disciples to address God as Father
when they prayed (Matthew 6:9). He spoke  
affectionately of God as he told people that Father God
hears, sees, forgives, and provides for the needs of his
children (Matthew 6:25-33).  Conveniently, people will
say, “we are all God's children”. However, this is not a
Biblical statement.  God is the Maker of all, yes,
(Proverbs 14:31) but there is a difference between
“Maker” and “Father”.

Jesus made this plain when he answered Jews who were
arguing with him. They spoke of their lineage but did
not recognize that a father is more than just a maker.
“Abraham is our father” said the Jews (John 8:39). But,
as true as it was that they were biological descendants
of Abraham, Jesus told them that if they were really
children of Abraham, they would “do the deeds of
Abraham” (John 8:39). The deeds of Abraham were
simply expressions of His faith in God. It was Abraham
that believed “
God is able” (Hebrews 11:19) and he
passed the test of faith.

Jesus went on to say, “but as it is you are seeking to
kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard
from God; this Abraham did not do. You are doing the
deeds of your father” (John 8:39, 40). The Jews did not
like this because they knew what he was saying. They
were defensive in their answer to him, “we were not
born of fornication; we have one Father; God”
(John 8:41).

What a scene! It was getting pretty hot, but Jesus did
not let them off the hook.  “If God were your Father,
you would love Me...  You are of your father the devil
and you want to do the desires of your father"
(John 8:42-44).

Being children of God means that we will be like our
Father.  “If you know that He is righteous, you know
that everyone also who practices righteousness is born
of Him. See how great a love the Father has bestowed
on us, that we would be called children of God; and such
we are” (1 John 2:29-3:1).

Thus, God is described as “righteous” as a father.  He
always does what is right.  How else does he manifest
his fatherhood?  He places us in a family which bears
his name.  He is
loving, compassionate, and forgiving.  
He is our provider and
protector.  He is our guide,
comforter, and encourager.  He takes delight in us.  He
is our
teacher, trainer, and disciplinarian.  In all these
things, he is
good and he is  trustworthy.  

Isn't it wonderful to know that we can have a
relationship of safety and security with him and call him
“papa”, “daddy”, “Father” (Romans 8:15)?  
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