“Familiar” is an adjective meaning Well known from long or close association: “a familiar voice”. I have seen pictures of the fiercest dogs lying with small kittens and sleeping babies and was peaceful as a lamb. There is no fear in the owner of these beasts because they have raised them, and they know them well. If a stranger walks into the room that loving dog can, with one growl and the baring of it’s teeth, create fear that would cause the would be assailant’s knees to go weak from fear. My dad in the prime of his life was a giant of a man, one man described his hands as being the “size of a ham”, but God never created a more tender hearted man than he was with us. He held the babies in those big hands and cooed sweet sayings, songs and prayers into their tiny ears and they responded by smiling and relaxing into sleep. One my earliest memory is my dad singing me to sleep “be Thou my guiding star and hold me by the hand.” I don’t remember much past that except the tune but it comforted me when I was scared, or had an earache and made me feel safe.
I am thinking of these things because I want to show you from my point of view, God the Father. As sweet and kind as my dad could be if he thought you were going to do harm to one of his own you better watch out, there was fire in those black eyes.
As any parent that wants his child to obey and do well God has a way of keeping us in line, but when you are willing to listen He does it in love and with the tenderness of a precious parent. God sent Jesus in the flesh so that He would be tried and endure the same temptations as we do so that there would be a High Priest that could identify with our sufferings, then Jesus went back to the Throne and sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and Guide.
Hebrews 4:14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
When you are familiar with God you know what to expect from Him and you know that all He wants from you is your love because God is love. One of the most precious photos I ever saw was of John-John Kennedy hiding under his dad’s desk. He wasn’t afraid of the Secret Service or anyone else hiding there under the President’s desk, why? Because his dad wasthe President!
You can run into the Throne room and slide up to the Throne of Grace boldly and ask for mercy in your time of need, no fear.