God tells us over an over again how much He loves us for example:
1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (NIV)
John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; (Actually Psalm 139 totally reveals HIS love for us)
Matt 10:29- 31 (NIV) Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
I did a search using www.biblegateway.com with words such as “love”, “knew”, “womb” and came up with these few verses. The Bible is FULL of examples of God’s love for us, and how deeply HE KNOWS us. Feel free to search for yourself and see what more you can find.
My point in sharing how much God LOVES us and how WELL HE KNOWS us is since we know of HIS love and knowledge of us doesn’t it make sense that we should/would/could KNOW HIM. Therefore, I have provided a link to SOME of the names used in the Bible for God … names that HELP US understand MORE of HIS CHARACTER. This list is by NO means exhaustive… but as you read over the list this weekend (or whenever you have a chance) remember that as children of the MOST HIGH GOD … we can call HIM our ABBA FATHER (Daddy God, Papa God)…. Romans 8:15 (NIV) — “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.”
OUR ABBA FATHER is a Father whose lap we can crawl up into and hug on Him and He will hug us back, love us more, be our refuge, be our Shepherd, redeem us, deliver us, protect us, comfort us, give us peace, spend eternity with us, and SO MUCH MORE. THIS ABBA FATHER is STILL ALL the other names for God (the names simply tell us more of how deep his character is) who DESIRES a DEEP personal, everlasting relationship with US.
I’d LOVE to hear from you what other names you may have found, and/or which name/names touched your heart the deepest today.
Sharing HIS love,