And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Some people may have good relationships with their fathers and have no trouble seeing God as our loving Heavenly Father. Other people may have poor relationships with their fathers or none at all and struggle to see God differently than their earthly father. The truth is that our human relationships with our fathers can be complicated. And so we have to turn to the Scriptures to discover the truth about God and how we relate to Him. We may need to learn that, despite the shortcomings and failures of our earthly fathers, God will never let us down. He will never fail us. He will never cease to be our perfect Father.
Depending on our background, we may need to learn to trust God. The Bible tells us that He is always faithful, that He doesn’t break His promises, and that we can always count on Him. We may need to learn how to love God or to accept His love toward us. The Bible tells us that God is love, and He demonstrates His love toward us in many ways. We may have to learn how to communicate with God, to understand that we can go to Him anytime and that we don’t need to be afraid to tell Him anything. The Bible assures us that God will hear us when we call out to Him.
What a privilege to be a child of God. Just to be able to relate to Him in that way would be enough. But He gives us many more benefits as His children. When we become His children, we become heirs, and we are thus entitled to a place in heaven, the assurance of redemption, the glory of eternal life. We can have the closeness of a father/son relationship with God Himself. Let’s not take advantage of that relationship by being rebellious or distant. Let’s strive to draw ever closer to Him and express our love to Him by serving Him, spending time with Him, and obeying Him.
Though we may feel inadequate to be called a son of God, struggle to see God as a merciful and loving Father, or have a hard time feeling His love, we can trust what the Bible tells us about God and how He wants to relate to us. And a relationship with God is worth pursuing. He can show us what true love is. He will show us much kindness and affection such as we have never known before. His dependability and strength will become evident as we learn to lean on Him and trust Him in all things. We can cry out with Christ without fear in the most intimate way to our Abba, our Father in heaven.