Ephesians 1:3-6 “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
My biological father was killed when I was 1 ½ years old or so. He and my mom were in their early 20s when they got married and had me. My father grew up in a large family, but was the only child from my grandmother’s first marriage. My grandmother remarried and had many other children which left my father being the only one with a different last name. In the stories I have heard, this really bothered him and he may have been teased or chastised by others because of it; as if he didn’t really belong in that family. My father always told my mom that he believed he would die at an early age and speculated that it would be the result of a car accident. He also told her that if this were to happen, and she remarried, he wanted assurance that her new husband would adopt me and give me his last name so I didn’t have to go through whatever grief he did as a result of having a different last name as his siblings. Well, he was right. As I have been told, he was run off of the road and directly in his path was an elementary school. So, instead of having his car go through the school, he swerved, hit a light pole and was ejected from the car killing him instantly.
As it would turn out, my mom did remarry and my step-dad, the only dad I have ever “known” went through the adoption process and I now carry his last name! I distinguish between “father” and “dad” for clarity, but also because, although I am sure my father would have been a great dad, my dad suffered through having to raise me and deserves the title!!! Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone very special to be called, “Dad”! There are many names for God, but this is why I love the name of God, Abba, which is a reference to Him being our Daddy!
Who is God the Father? We know through scripture that He is:
The one God and Father – 1 Cor 8:6
Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ – Eph 1:3
All Powerful – Eph 4:6
Unchanging – James 1:17
Author of our redemption – Gal 1:3-4
Father of believers – 2 Cor 6:17-18
For the record, I couldn’t have asked for a better dad! And, as grateful as I am that my dad, through my mom, honored my father’s wishes, when I read the verses above in Ephesians 1:3-6, I am overwhelmed. My dad couldn’t have known what kind of kid he was signing up to raise. There is now way for him to have known what kind of adult I would become! But he signed on anyway. God, on the other hand, knew exactly what kind of mess I would be, the hell I would raise as a child/teenager, every mistake I would ever make . those willingly and the accidents . and yet He “predestined” me for adoption as HIS son!!! I have been a Christian for over 30 years and this NEVER ceases to amaze me!!! I have come to learn that the person I am has nothing to do with WHO I am . but solely in WHOSE I am!!! I am so blessed to have had my father . my dad . and my Abba!!!
Father, Abba, Daddy . thank you for making a way for us to be reconciled to you through Jesus Christ! Thank you for predestining us . even before you created the world . to be your adopted heirs . your sons. Lead us as we care for and raise our own children or in whatever other relationships you place us. I pray over each person reading this that regardless of their worldly parental situation, you would wrap them in an embrace that only a Daddy can give! No matter how old we get, may we never cease to be willing to crawl up in your lap, hug your neck and receive all of the love You have for us!