I remember my brother who is two years older than me picking on me when we were little, probably because I wanted to follow him around. He would shove me and tell me to get in the house when I was spying on him or pinch me when I got sassy. I always shouted, “I’m telling daddy,” after the incidents.
I would shout, “I’m telling my daddy,” when male cousins, nephews or brother’s friends wouldn’t let me play ball or shoot marbles with them. I guess I was a tomboy when I was little or just wanted to shadow my brother but I seemed to want to throw rocks, roll tires, and race on the pebbled road with the boys (you can tell that I’m a country girl).
I don’t think I was a tattle tale when I was small but I sure seemed to shout “I’m telling daddy” a lot when I was a child. My earthly father made his transition to heaven in nineteen seventy-eight; so I haven’t been able to threaten my brother anymore with the words “I’m telling daddy.”
But I still have a ‘Daddy’ I can tell all of my troubles, concerns, and worries to.
He is God, Heavenly Father, Creator of heaven and earth. His ear is always alert to my shouts and requests.
We have a ‘Daddy’ we can scream to when Satan assaults and bullies us.
This brings to mind King Jehoshaphat; how he went to his ‘Daddy’ when he was in trouble and trusted Him to fight his battles.
2nd Chronicles 20: 5-12 NIV
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said:
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’
10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
The king acknowledged the sovereignty of God and his own weakness. Although he was king of Israel, he humbled himself, stood in front of the whole assembly, acknowledged God’s power and ruler ship, and requested His help. You can read the rest of 2nd Chronicles twenty to find out that King Jehoshaphat and his army did not have to lift a finger to win this battle – His ‘Daddy’ won the battle for him.
Remember to tell your ‘Daddy’ when Lucifer attempts to thwart the plans God has for you, to bully you, to intimidate you, or to harass you. Our ‘Daddy’ can handle any situation. When the devil hears Him coming, he flees in terror.
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. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”_____________________________Romans 8:15 NIV