Mar 23 2014

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God Quotes: Who is Your Daddy?

5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (Galatians 4:5-7 NLT)

Who is Your Daddy?

This is not a trick question. This question is a great question to ask ourselves. We forget who we are and who He is. In the process of our forgetting, we don't know whose we are.

Who are we?

In Christ, and according to this passage, we are:

  • Free because it was purchased for us
  • Former slaves
  • Adopted as his very own
  • His children
  • Ones who have the Spirit of God's Son in our hearts
  • Ones who call God “Daddy” (or Abba)
  • His heir


We easily forget and run back to slavery. Slavery to the law–God's or the law we make unto ourselves. As slaves, we see God in a different light. He is a task master. He is a punisher. He is waiting for us to get it right or be right. He is distant. As a slave, we work, work, work, but there is no joy in it. There is no love. No love given, none received. Life is lived but only to be endured.

If we remember who we are, that we are free, life looks differently. Is life easier? Not necessarily. Hardships are still there. (Nothing as harsh as Christ endured. A fact I miss in my own life-is-too-hard moments.) Those hardships are seen through the lense of God's love and sovereignty. There is trust, and there is looking beyond this life. We are looking forward to an inheritance. Not an earned inheritance, but one that is bestowed. For those that call God “Daddy,” there is a future eternal with no more pain and suffering and tears get wiped away. On days when I feel beaten down, I think about that. It doesn't make the pain of today erase away, but it gives me courage to hold on to my faith. Then I am free to look around and see the good there is in the moment too–there is good, but I can't see it until I step back and look ahead. If there was no eternity with God, the miseries of this life would be unbearable.

Who is God

In this passage, God is:

  • Pursuer
  • Purchaser of freedom
  • Adoptive Father
  • Daddy


It is easy to look at God as Father through our experiences from our own fathers. Even if your father was an awesome father, he isn't Father God. If he was a terrible father, he isn't Father God either. Father God is never preoccupied about the wrong things. He will never get priorities out of order. He is perfect. No one has experienced a perfect human father. So what does a perfect father do?

A perfect father loves perfectly. He provides what is needed. He is generous. He is patient. And He does all of this knowing we don't deserve a bit of it. His love looked at us and decided to redeem us out of our wretchedness–not out of our worthiness or potential. We were wrecks. We were broken. In that state, God decided to adopt us. As a perfect father, God–even to this day–is patiently loving us through our brokenness. He doesn't back away or throw us away. His commitment to us is based out of who he is not who we are.

Who is your daddy?

Have you gotten mixed up and forgotten whose you are? In a safe, loving relationship, there freedom to be yourself. There trust when life is confusing and hard. But that trust comes only if we believe what is true about ourself and about God.

I get it mixed up sometimes, and in my confusion I find myself with a wounded, lonely heart. How that must make Father God's heart ache. It's clear he is wanting me to cry out to him. When I get my head and heart on straight-er, I call out to him. When I do, I find healing for the wounds. I find comfort for the loneliness. Every time.


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