“Abba” | First Father

by You Have My Word

daddy, abba father

Fathers don’t always get it right. Mothers don’t always get it right. As kids, we don’t always get it right. We are human; we are certainly not holy. But we do have the privilege of being in relationship with One who is: God.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Rom 8:14-17)

Perhaps it’s my brain that made this error and then found revelation or perhaps it was just revelation on it’s own, but in thinking of the word “Abba” the other day I immediately associated “Alpha” with it. We know that God is Alpha and Omega – beginning and the end. That is to say then, that He was (and is) the first Father.

He is the ultimate, Alpha representation of Father – Daddy. The first Father, the last Father. The constant presence of Father in our lives.

It saddens me that our perception of earthly fathers (whatever yours is) skewers our perception of the perfect Father, God. All hurt, all pain, all betrayal, all disappointment, all absence, all grief considered and gently put aside… you have a Father that does not hurt, does not disappoint, will never leave, will not hurt you, is constantly with you.

Abba. Alpha. Father.