Through the sinless life of Jesus, his sacrificial death on the cross, and his resurrection, all who trust in him are regenerated, redeemed, reconciled, and restored into the family God promised Abraham. (Gray, Derwin, “God, Do You Hear Me?” pg 75)
I hope you are all having a blessed weekend. This week we knocked out Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Dr. Derwin Gray’s book “God, Do You Hear Me?” It may seem like a lot to read, but these chapters are very quick and a great resource to recharge and reflect on. Today, I want to touch on Chapter 5, entitled “Our Father is Yahweh.” In Chapter 5, Dr. Gray reminds us that our Heavenly Father is the same God of Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and all of the Jewish lineage Kings, Prophets, Heroes, and finally, that same Yahweh sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to save us all from sin and death. Dr. Gray refers to Yahweh by the name Jesus used to describe God: Abba. Dr. Gray explained the meaning of Abba back on page 24 of his book when he wrote:
“Abba is the Aramaic term Jesus used to describe God the Father. Abba is a word that expresses great love and respect.” (Gray, Derwin. “God, Do You Hear Me?” pg 24)
So when you say the prayer today from Chapter 5, when you say Abba, you are crying out to the God of all Creation using the intimate name His one and only Son gave to Him.
You are faithful in all your ways.
You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Before I ever cried out for help
You were on your way.
Before I knew I needed your grace
You provided a way to bring my heart to yours.
You are the Great I AM.
Burn in me the way you burned in that bush.
The shackles of sin and death have been forever broken.
Thank you for loving me, guiding me, and inviting me into the family you promised Abraham.
“And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to his purpose”(Galations 3:29).
In Jesus’ name, amen.
-Dr. Derwin Gray, “God, Do You Hear Me?” pg. 77
Say that prayer with me today, and enjoy some new music from Hillsong United, a great new song I am sure you will have “On Repeat.”