Ab (Hebrew), Abba (Aramaic) or Pater (Greek) word means ‘daddy’, ‘papa’ or ‘Father”.
Oh how sweet that sounds, “Abba Father”, the name of calling our Daddy at any given moment at any time. When we refer to Yahweh as our Abba it shows a personal relationship. Like a father with a child, we approach God as our eternal father. We speak with Him as one who is closer than a friend. In fact, we can consider the concept that His blood is running through our veins.
Growing up, I remember being in trouble and calling out to my earthly father who without hesitation came to my rescue. When I had a bad dream I recall climbing into my daddy‘s bed and being wrapped in his arms as he soothed my fears while he lulled me back to sleep. When I needed money for whatever reason, again I would turn to my daddy who was willing within reason to provide for whatever need or even want I had. I even realized that the presence of my father near me frequently drove boys into fear.
As in the natural, similar concepts apply in the spiritual. When we call out to our Abba, He without hesitancy comes to our rescue. Look at Daniel in the Lions’ den. Look at the three Hebrew boys. Look at the Israelites a the Red Sea. When we feel fearful of our situations, He reminds us not to be afraid for He is with us and will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). When we have a need, our Pater supplies it according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). When persons with wrong intentions come near, He stands proudly by our side exhibiting His qualities and demonstrating His nature (Isaiah 59:19).
We must strive to develop a consistent nature of both trusting in our Father and being completely obedient. We may not always understand the ‘NOs’ He gives, but we can be sure that because He is omniscient, all things will work together for our good (Romans 8:28). I remember a few times asking my father for something. Unbeknownst to me, he considered the need and if he saw something better or the danger in the request, would deny the wish. I never
readily understood the nature of his actions but I learned overtime to trust that he knew what was best for me.
Additionally, there were times I wanted to attend a function or even hang out with folks I considered ‘cool’ but what did my father do, he prohibited me. Yes, I confess to having struggled with his assessments and even fussing at times but he saw the peril in my attendance or presence and so being the protector, he had to prevent me from facing whatever danger lay ahead. It was after the proverbial ‘storm’ passed that I realized the reason behind his decision.
Today, if you have not considered Jehovah as your eternal Father, I urge you to do so. He is the greatest Father of them all. He is a protector, a provider, a comforter, a burden-bearer, a defender and countless other wonderful adjectives. I therefore encourage you to not only develop a strong bond with Daddy but also that you endeavor to maintain the relationship you will share.
The rapport cultivated with your Daddy is the greatest and strongest relationship you will ever generate. Allow it to be of such an intense magnitude that He is closer than even a whisper away. He states in His word that “before we call He will answer and while we are yet speaking He will hear “(Isaiah 65:24). Do you not yearn for this beloved? Take the first step. Start talking to Daddy today.