Daily Devotion, 12/01/2018, “Papa”
1 John 3:1a NIV See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
I used clips from “The Shack” in our “At the Movies” series Sunday which made Sharon and I want to watch all of it again last night. I like how the wife in the movie, Nan, refers to God simply as “Papa.” There’s a deep sense of love and personal intimacy in her name for God that flowed from her relationship with Him. Mack, her husband, had a much different perspective of God as Father because of the years of severe abuse he endured from his alcoholic dad growing up. He saw himself much more as a slave to a cruel and unreliable master than as a beloved son of a good Papa.
Regardless of what your biological father was or is like, I hope that you see your Papa God for who He is. We have a tendency to project on the Father our experiences with our own fathers. If they loved us well, we likely see the Father as good and loving. If we felt abandoned by an absent dad who was not involved in our lives, we may assume that it’s pretty much the same with Father God. If we were wounded deeply by our fathers, we may see God as cruel, angry and impossible to please.
The reality is that the Father has a “great love” for you. As He says in “The Shack,” He’s especially fond of you. He doesn’t just love you in general sense, he lavishes his great love on you.
If you don’t see Papa that way, I encourage you to watch or read “The Shack.” Another good resource for you would be the book “The Blessing” by Gary Smalley and John Trent. As the song says, God truly is “a good, good Father.”
You are loved!