Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
(Isaiah 64:8 NIV)
My mother once told me that my first words as a baby were dad or “baba,” to be more precise. When I became a Christian, I also learned to call God my Baba. A Sunday school student, who used to hang on to my every word, once asked me, “Why do you always start your prayers with ‘Dear heavenly Father’?” I just don’t know of any other way to refer to a holy God, who is also my Daddy.
Sadly, many people don’t have great relationships with their earthly fathers, so it’s hard for them to see God as a loving Father. After all, God gave men the awesome privillege of reflecting His fatherhood, but they have often failed to be like their heavenly Father. But I know that the more we get to know God, the more we will begin to understand the true meaning of the word “father.” He truly is the perfect Baba.
Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy.