This is the sixth post in a series about being children of God and how that informs our various roles as women. Read all of the posts in the series here.
A Heavenly Father, and the calling of His daughter: a relationship that can do nothing but illustrate the depth of the gospel and the fullness of restoration. In Genesis 2 we meet the first daughter: a woman created in the image of God, formed by the hands of her loving Father, created for a purpose, as the climax of the Lord’s good creation. Yet, in the very next chapter, a division occurs between the woman, her husband, and her loving Father.
It’s a story that could easily be written on the hearts of so many women in their relationships with their earthly fathers. It can also seemingly be the end of the story for many women as the divide continues with their Heavenly Father. I’m grateful the story didn’t end with that first daughter in the Garden of Eden, but it is daily being rewritten in our lives by the most passionate Father who never stops pursuing His daughters.
If we want to make sense of who we are as daughters, we first must begin to grasp the greatness of our Father. I’m not sure what the name “Father” conjures up for you, but I do know what the Bible says about our Eternal One:
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.”
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust.”
“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
“And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of Him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
1 John 3:1
God as our Father is everlasting, unchanging, holy, filled with love for us, and expresses Himself with an unrelenting pursuit of our hearts. If we go back to Genesis 3 and look at what became of man and woman, Adam and Eve, we see they received due punishment for their actions. But we also see where they allowed themselves to be consumed by shame, and fear and where God continued to pursue them, pulling them out from their hiding. God is just, He is sovereign, and He is loving.
Because God is just, sovereign, and loving, it means we get to be the children—the daughters—in 1 John who have confidence, who don’t shrink back from the Lord in shame. No matter our season in life or various roles we play, we will always be daughters of God. We will always be daughters who love others as Christ chose to love us, daughters who abide in the relationship they have with their Father. Being a daughter means we no longer have to hide ourselves as Eve did from her Father in the garden because God knows our hearts, and chooses us as we are, covering us with Christ—His perfect Son.
We are created as Workers, as Helpers, Mothers, Wives, Teachers, CEOs, Caregivers, but first and always as Daughters. As we continue to pursue our roles, and act on the calling the Lord has given to each of us, how might it look differently if we operate out of the knowledge of our identity as Daughters to a Heavenly Father who chooses us time and time again? Might the depth of the Lord’s never ending love for each of us make its way into every aspect of our lives? Might our eyes being fixed on our Heavenly Father help us to see world around us as He sees it, calling others out of their hiding and welcoming them into the family Christ alone restored for each of us, to the praise and glory of His mighty name.