Written by: Tim Wood
God is a God of many names. One name is insufficient to describe God. God’s names reveal His character to us. Creator, Almighty, Provider, Shepherd, King, Healer, Peace – all of these names describe our awesome God.
To me, the best name of God is Father. What a joy to know that we can call Almighty God, Father. It brings security and wholeness to our life. Every person is born with a deep desire to be loved. God, being our Father meets that need. 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
The Bible tells us that God is a Father to the fatherless. “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation (Psalm 68:5). God is a Father who will never leave us. “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in” (Psalm 27:10).
Many times, Jesus addressed God as Abba, which is Aramaic for father. In Mark 14:36, Jesus said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you.” This was a brand-new concept at the time. In the Old Testament God was a father to Israel but no one called Him their individual Father. Even God’s personal name, Yahweh, was considered too holy to be pronounced out loud, so few people thought of having a personal connection to almighty God.
Through Christ, we have inherited the privilege to call God our Father. Meditate on these powerful words from Galatians 4:4-7, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So, you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” The fact that we can know God as our Father is a life changing truth.
God our Father, it’s the best name we can call God.