“I thought to myself, ‘I would love to treat you as my own children!’ I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land— the finest possession in the world. I looked forward to your calling me ‘Father,’ and I wanted you never to turn from me. But you have been unfaithful to me, you people of Israel! You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband. I, the Lord, have spoken.” Jeremiah 3:19-20
God wants us to call Him Abba Father. In Scripture there are many different names used to describe God. While all the names of God are important in many ways, the name “Abba Father” is one of the most significant names of God in understanding how He relates to people. The word Abba is an Aramaic word that means “Father.” It was a common term that expressed affection and confidence and trust. God wants us to trust Him that He knows the best for us, just as our earthly fathers want the best for us. Abba signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father and his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in their “daddy.” I had a close relationship with my father. My father died while we were living in Colorado. My father and mother were visiting us in August and when we put them on a plane in Denver, I will never forget the hug that we shared that day. He died in January. I want that same relationship with my heavenly father.
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
(So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (John 1:12-13)