On Friday, we reflected on the idea of the fallen human heart is seeing God as adversary. Treating God like a teenager might treat his parents as out of touch, no fun, rules for rules sake, etc. You can read the full post here.
At the core of this problem (and the solution) is our view of God as Father. We’re told numerous times in Scripture of our Father-child relationship to God: “…You received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:15-16
What a tremendous gift! “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” 1 John 3:1
Furthermore, this special relationship should stir in us a desire to live close to God as a loving and devoted child. Aiming to please Him always. And in our trials, we should turn to Him and His infinite goodness to bolster and shelter us in our own littleness.
The question is – do we take this knowledge to heart? Do we live and love as children of God? Is our prayer a prayer of a child to his father?