“My Daddy said…”

“My Daddy said I can play outside…”
“My Daddy said he will buy me a bicycle for Christmas!”
“My Daddy said he will take us to Disneyland during the holidays”
“My Daddy said I can have it!”

We see and hear children revel in the power of their Daddies to do and undo. We see them wait for just the “word” from their fathers. Then they take off, based solely on that word. Yes, mothers have some of that power as well, but there is something extra-ordinary about what Daddy said. Even Mummy will be confronted boldly with “…but Daddy said…”

Once Daddy gives the permission to do something, no-one can challenge the child that knows about it. He will let you know on whose authority he is riding in the rain. He will let you know that his actions are backed up by a power that’s higher than him; and higher than you that is challenging him.

Of course, I’m talking about functional homes where the father is responsible and loving and caring. I’m talking about the traditional family of father, mother and child. If the father is no more in the picture, this gap is felt heavily, and Mum plays that role as well as she possibly can. I’m talking about the father that is a shadow and type (albeit an imperfect one) of the Father of all spirits who sits in heaven.

Jesus once said, let the little children come to me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. He even said (Mark 10:15, MSG) “Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in”. I wish I had the time to get into the explanation that the kingdom Jesus talked about is not in the by-and-by, but right here, right now. It’s the kingdom that he talked about again when he said “For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). To enter that kingdom, is literally, to operate under the jurisdiction and control of God alone. To live under open heavens, where supply is always one step ahead of demand. To live in God’s Kingdom, is to live protected from the village witch and the city thief.

It’s that simplicity of children that is truly amazing. They have not learnt to doubt their father’s abilities. Or to fear the negative circumstances. If Daddy said, then there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.

I’ve heard a good share of these statements in my ‘reign’ as Daddy, and I can bet I said quite a number while growing up in Buraimoh Adepoju’s home as well. But it’s in these recent times that I have been pleasantly surprised by how good Daddies feel to hear their child repeat boldly what they have said. Once you hear your child repeat what you said, you make plans to fulfil it. Weather it’s a trip to Disneyland, or a toy for her birthday. You know that the child is expectant.

And it struck me, how good it must make God feel to hear us, His children, repeat what He has said, boldly, without a doubt in our hearts, without a fear of tomorrow. And how it must mean that when we say what God has said, his staff (we call them angels) run about to ensure that we experience it exactly as our Father has promised it. What do angels do anyway, if not to make sure that God’s word is done? Psalms 103:20 says “Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word”. They’re there to do exactly whatever it is “My Daddy said…”

How good God must feel to see us step into a dark alley and say with David “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for God is with me”. Through the dark alleys, in our careers, and dark alleys as the economies of the world succumb to winter. Declaring with faith that spring is coming, when all things must blossom again.

I’m ready to scream like a child that:
“My Daddy said no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper!”
“My Daddy said I shall eat poisonous things, and they won’t harm me!”
“My Daddy said He shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!”
“My Daddy said it is well with the righteous, and he shall eat the fruit of his labor”

It’s a world of endless possibilities out there, as “My Daddy said I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.

You have to look inside the Word of God to know what your Daddy said. You have to believe that what He said, He said for your benefit, and not just Elizabeth’s, that you will yet carry your own child. That He said it for your benefit, and not just Job’s, that better is the end of a thing than the beginning; that though your beginning is small, your latter end will be greatly increased. That it’s not just for Joshua’s sake alone that He promised that “…you shall make your way prosperous, and you shall have good success”

Oh what joy it is to have a Daddy that is not mute! What joy it is to know what your Daddy said, and to not only believe it, but to proclaim it literally!

But tell me. What did your Daddy say?

Chukwudi Adepoju
11th January 2013.

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