When my 3 children were growing up, my favorite name they had for me was always “daddy”. Even as grown adults, my daughters will occasionally use that term and it still touches me deeply.
In this verse, Paul tells us that when we establish a relationship with God, we become His sons (and daughters) and God sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts. The Holy Spirit causes us to respond to God with the name Abba, Father. A close English translation of Abba is daddy. We should understand that it was used in the original language just as my daughters still use it with me today…as a term of intimacy.
To the Hebrew people, it was shocking to imagine the possibility of referring to God in such an intimate manner. But Jesus broke that barrier by referring to God as His father and He taught His disciples to do the same. Paul carries on that tradition in this letter to the Galatians. In spite of these examples, far too many Christians today still operate under the mindset that because God is so far superior to us, He couldn’t possibly want an intimate relationship with us.
In his book “Satisfy Your Soul”, Dr. Bruce Demarest writes how common it is among evangelical Christians to faithfully serve God, but never actually sense the presence of God in their lives.
As physicians, we are especially prone to this error because we tend to have a performance-based mentality. We performed in medical school, we performed in residency, and our value as a physician is based on our performance in medicine. Therefore, we easily transfer that mentality into our walk with the Lord. We begin to believe that our relationship with Him is based on our performance for Him, and never reach the point in which we experience an intimate relationship with Him.
Instead, we can regularly remind ourselves that our God desires intimacy with us. He is a God that values relationship. Even more than our doing, God is interested in our being! As a Father, He is waiting to spend time with you, His child.
Prayer: Lord, help me to take the time necessary to develop an intimate relationship with You.