Oh, the wonders and joys of parenting! The lessons that the Father teaches us through our children. The examples of His love towards us and responses we should have towards Him are enumerable. We learn about grace, in that we love our children and show them “favor” even when that “favor” is not merited. Yet, at the same time we learn why He disciplines us, and why we need it. He teaches us about His patience and long-suffering, His kindness and compassion. We experience the pain, in a small way, that He feels when we are ill, both physically and spiritually, and the all encompassing urge to do whatever it takes to remedy the illness.
We also learn about repentance and the joy that it brings. The other day, which in my mind can stretch from yesterday to a year ago, Isaac and I were playing, and he did something that he already knew was wrong. Now, it wasn’t anything that deserved strict discipline, but I would have had to of talked to him about what he did wrong. Yet, instantly, he said he was sorry and grabbed my neck. Now it wasn’t out of fear, because I believe he knew that all I was going to do was say, “That’s not nice, we don’t do that.” However, he knew what he did wrong and immediately tried to remedy the situation. You know what kind of joy that brought to me. You know how I did not hold back any love or compassion.
We act, respond, and think so differently when it comes to our heavenly Father, don’t we? We act like our ancestors, Adam and Eve, and hide. We tend to run from Him. Sometimes it is out of shame, sometimes out of fear, and sometimes both. We understand that He is El Elyon, El Shaddai, YHWH Ts’vaot. Yet, we forget that He is also, Abba.
He is our Father and as such has feelings towards us as earthly fathers have towards their children.
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,…” (Exo 34:6b-7a ESV)
“with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” (Isa 54:8b ESV)
Why do we feel this way? Do we not know His character and love?
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (Joh 3:16 HCSB)
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 8:1 ESV)
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1Jn 4:18 ESV)
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luk 15:10 ESV)
I emphasize “before”, because the Saviour is telling us that the Father has joy before the angels over your repentance. We are told that we are to be as children. Will you be as one today, and run to your Father’s waiting arms?
 God Most High
 God Almighty
 LORD of Hosts
 Vine’s “Abba is the word framed by the lips of infants” cf. Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6
 cf. Acts 3:19, 17:30, James 4:18-20, 1John 1:9
 Luke 15:11-32