My Father, God!

(Octavius Winslow, "Our God")

"And because you have become His children, God has
 sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you
 can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer
 a slave but God's own child. And since you are His
, everything He has belongs to you." Gal. 4:6-7

Oh, the costly and precious privilege of looking up to
this great, this holy Lord God, and exclaiming—"My
Father, God!

It is in this character He would have you recognize
Him; in this relation He would have you come to Him;
in this light He would have you view and interpret all
His dealings both of mercy and of judgment.

Hesitate not, then, beloved, in all your needs and
trials, in all your mental and spiritual depressions,
in all your conscious waywardness and disobedience,
and in all the corrections and rebukes of His discipline;
hesitate not still to love Him, to trust in Him, to
submit to Him as your Father.

Are you in need? He is pledged to supply it.

Are you bereaved? His hand has done it.

Are you sick? His providence has sent it.

Are you in the garden of sorrow—with the cup of
adversity trembling in your hand? Take it, drink it,
looking up to Him with a filial, loving, submissive
spirit, and exclaiming, "The cup which My Father
has given me—shall I not drink it?"