Malachi 1:6a (NLT)
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to the priests: “A son honours his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honour and respect I deserve?
On the one hand here we are charged to see God as our Father. The One who protects us, provides for us and pours His love out upon us.
When we view Him like a father we can trust Him to know what is best for us and look after us. We can also experience His discipline as only a Father knows how. We are to respect and honour Him by letting Him lead us and highly valuing His Word.
This however, as the scripture states, is to be balanced out with the ability to see God as our Master.
A master is to be immediately obeyed by following every order and direction that is given. We need to see ourselves as serving and committing our whole lives to Him in whatever way He has assigned to us.