Now because you are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts to cry out, “Abba! Father!” –Galatians 4:6 ISV
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” -Romans 8:15 NASB
The little 3-year old tyke had been playing contentedly on the floor with his blocks for almost an hour. His doting parents were a few feet away from him on the sofa; his mother reading a book and his father watching a golf match on television.
Eventually their son grew tired of the blocks and began to glance fretfully in their direction. His mother, knowing it was close to the little boy’s naptime, called him over, patting a space on the sofa. But instead of running to her, he ran over to his father, climbing up in his lap and burrowing his head in his father’s chest. “I want Daddy,” he said simply.
What a beautiful illustration of the heart’s desire of every child of God! We are buffeted by trials, tribulations and the harsh realities of living in a sin-filled world. Financial woes, personal health issues, marital problems, the heartbreaking, rebellious actions of wayward children and demanding jobs are but a few of the things we consistently struggle with – and for some of us, all at the same time!
And yet, despite all our fiery trials, we can take comfort in the fact that, as the sons and daughters of the living God, we can cry out to Him. Sure, we can vent to friends, receive godly counsel from our church leaders and seek out professional help when we need it. All of these resources are a blessing and we’re happy to have them. Yet, there are times when we’re like that little boy, and we “want Daddy.” We experience seasons in our lives and dire situations when only the Father will do.
God is so very good to us! He has given us a spirit of adoption as His children. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us, we don’t have to be enslaved by a spirit of fear. The spirit of adoption within us causes us to yearn for our heavenly Father and call out to Him. He is our present help in times of trouble. We know we will be heard, because we can cry, “Abba! Father!” Be Blessed.