Abba Father

“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 as a full legal heir to God’s Kingdom And by him we cry, “Abba, Dada Father.” Romans 8:15 NIV. Italics added by author. Our Silkey Terrier is called a lap dog because she loves to sit on your lap and receive all the love she can get. She can be stroked, scratched, and petted all day long and never tire of it. Bebe’s tail just wags away with all the love and attention she gets. Bebe gives love too. She wants to lick everyone who will let her to show how much she loves and appreciates them. She has done this every day of her life.

Bebe reminds me of a line from The Little Prince and the Fox, written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint Exupéry and translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. New York. “Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”

My wife Sharon and I are responsible for the Bebe we have tamed and trained. Bebe comes to me and looks up and I know that she needs to go outside and potty. She can’t open the door to go outside so I do it for her. I am her door to the outside. When Bebe is hungry she has a certain bark so we know she needs her daily bread. She gets fed. Bebe can’t buy or fix her own food so we do it for her and she is so thankful. We are the hands that feed her. It might be said that Bebe comes to us and says, “Abba Father” you have tamed me.

What can be learned from Bebe and the fox? God wants to tame each one of us and when He does then He is responsible for us. That is why we can believe that He will give us each day our daily bread and needs. That is why He can tell us, “Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995).

Bebe means baby in French and that is just what she is. She comes to us for nurturing and sustenance and we make sure she gets it. So it is with Abba Father. When you come to God as a little baby saying “da da” He will make sure your needs are met. The faith problem is that we sometimes are adults who have not been tamed.

Self-made people are never tamed and they are always striving and hoarding.

About the Author: I am Bob, a retired minister and military chaplain who is a lifelong learner. Please join me in my journey toward lifestyle change and healthy living. I call it a journey because as the Apostle Paul says, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 New American Standard Bible (©1995). Find me on the web at