One of my daughters was in an accident recently. The road was a little icy, and a truck in front skidded, causing others to hit their brakes and pretty soon … there were quite a number of cars running off the road and spinning in circles! Luckily nobody was hurt, but standing on the side of the road, Beth texted her sister, who lives in another state. The first response she got back was, “oh no, did you call dad?” And she had. They laughed about it later — here they are, adults, one 40 and the other in her 30’s, yet when trouble strikes, the first impulse is: Call Dad! He will comfort, he will be there for you, he will know just what to do.
The nice thing is, we all have a dad to call on. Even if your biological dad is gone, not in the picture, or completely irresponsible, there is someone who can fill those dad shoes. Someone you can always count on — God. In the book of Isaiah, He says:
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Not only is God there for us, He cares for us with a fatherly compassion. Thanks to the saving work of Jesus, we are His sons and daughters. Listen to these verses from Galatians 4:4-7
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
So don’t stress. Whatever the problem, whatever the emergency, call God. Call out to Him in prayer, because He is always there and waiting to listen and to help you.Make that your first thought. He is your Abba, your Daddy.
For related posts see:
The Potter, Abba
God Will Take Care of You
O God Our Help