A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. Psalm 68:5
During the first year of the pandemic, we have meditated on various Hebrew names of God. We have been claiming the names of God, and worshipping Him, to be strengthened despite the terrible situation of the rapid spread of the virus. But have you ever thought why do we call God ‘Our Father’? Do you truly recognize what that means? Once we truly understand this, it will transform our understanding of who He is and our relationship with Him. The role of a father in biblical times was the protector and provider. That is why it was so difficult to be a widow or orphan in those days because they would have lost the protection and provision. In understanding God as Father, there is a sense of security, of establishing and defining a relationship and knowing that everything will flow from His hand.
God is our ultimate Father. He is “Our Father in Heaven”; who perfectly and completely cares for us. We can gain His wisdom and comfort when we read His Word, listen, and pray. For us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live; the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. We are adopted into His family, and we cry ‘Abba, Father’, so why fear when He is beside us? Times and cultures change, but God the Father is always majestically present as defender and provider. Let’s join Psalmist David, in remembering God’s glory, power and promise.