Hello, wonderful people!
Summer is coming upon us, and I am excited for it. I am going to be one busy person. Recently, I was employed at my first job, I am going on a missions trip in the States, and I am going to be working a lot on Rethink over the summer (look forward to some new and excited things happening).
Today, I am going to tell you all about something that has been bringing me peace in the past few weeks. I am dumbfounded really by the peace and joy this thing has brought me. This “thing” is a word. The word is Abba.
Let me give you some background information on why this word to me has so much peace…
Throughout this year, I have been going through two big trials. In the beginning of the year, I asked God to break me out of my mold, and I asked something hard. I asked him to teach me the next steps. What were the next steps in my faith going to be? (I will be doing a blog post about this more next week)
My steps were going to be ones that would make me depend on God more then I ever had. He was going to become my Heavenly Father in a more real way then he ever had before, and He has. This came with something else though, something that is super personal and makes my relationship with Jesus abundant. Reading through the books of the Bible, I found several verses where Jesus crys out to God, his father, but uses the name “Abba”. He uses this name in some of the most personal and tender moments with his father.
“And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.””
Mark 14:36 ESV
Right before he was crucified, he prayed this prayer to his father. He was asking God to have his will be done when it came to him dying. I realized though that God is my father, and I am his child. I can call him Abba.
““For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”
Romans 8:15-16 ESV
He is our father, and that is why we call him Abba.
It was weird to say at first.
In all honesty, this word just sounded so foreign on my tongue and to write for the first few days. In my head, it seemed very similar to what Islam’s dominant more formal name for their god is (Allah). After processing it though, I found such tenderness and love of a father in the word “abba”. It was a word that really could only ever be used to describe the relationship I have with God the Father. He is the one being that I fully desire to be around. He is love, and he is home.
Abba is a personal word for me to use in my walk with God. There are parts of our faiths that are so personal, they can be exceptionally difficult to share. I am here sharing something super close to my heart with you today. I want to show you that faiths all look a little different. The intimate walk you have with God will be a little different then mine. We are different people. Some people, maybe you, just like to but God on the back burner. Others, maybe you, like to have God driving the car of your life. Each kind of relationship will look different, but I challenge you to find the things in your faith that make it personal and real.
With Abba, I find my peace.
Rethink the interworkings of your faith,