so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received
brought about your adoption to sonship.
And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 (NIV)
my favorite name of God—Abba. This
name fills me with wonder. We do not have to “live in fear” when we think of
our glorious God! He is King of kings, yes. He is the Almighty God, certainly.
He is able to save, rescue, deliver with a word. He is Holy, Holy, Holy, and
were it not for His Son’s death and resurrection, we would not be able to live
in His Presence. We should tremble before the One who gives us the very breath
“Abba, Father!” Even “Father,” I admit, keeps me at a respectful distance. A
father is loving and protective, but also stern and, in my mind, a lot bigger
than me. That’s why the more intimate term, “Abba,” sends me reeling. Really? I
have the unbelievable honor and privilege of calling the God of the universe …
Abba? This gift from God … this adoption as a full daughter of His … allows me the freedom to run into His Presence.
A “sit on your lap” closeness. A leap-off-the-bed with a joy-filled “catch me,
Daddy!” closeness. A cry when I’m hurt, knowing He will scoop me up and hold me
closeness. This name tells me I can intimately draw near to my God and King!
dear one, savor this. Your heavenly Father wants you to be that close to Him. You
have the incredible privilege of crying, “Abba, Father” whenever you wish,
knowing the best of Fathers will gather you in His arms and never, never leave
you or forsake you.
Sharon Gamble, Moms in Prayer USA National Director, resides in Dover, New Hampshire, and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Ray, since 1979. She has two wonderful daughters, two great sons-in-law and three precious grandsons. She loves biking with Ray, walking in all kinds of weather and curling up with a good book by her fireplace.