When hard things, bad experiences, challenging situations occur, how often do we wonder if maybe God is angry with us? Did he cause the problem? Allow it to teach us something so we’ll finally get our act together?
I’ve entertained these thoughts.
I used to wonder if God was disappointed in me or angry because I did something wrong or bad again. Was he punishing me? Judging my behavior and actions?
If I could just do better, would my life work out or would things become easier?
God is not mad at us.
It’s true that evil brings up his righteous anger. He is a just God and does not tolerate injustice. He hates what hurts us and his children who he loves.
That’s you and me.
One day, those who don’t want anything to do with him will answer to him. We will have to account for our actions. But that day isn’t today.
Today, God is calling to us in love.
He sent Jesus to carry all the sin on him. Every bad, wrong, evil word, thought, and action. Because God loves us and wants us to be reconciled to him. To live with him forever in peace and his glorious presence.
The Bible tells us that while we were still sinners, he made a way for us to come into his presence. Through Jesus. Because of his grace for us. Jesus died so we could be righteous. When we accept his gracious gift of taking on our sins, we can stand in the presence of God covered with Christ’s righteousness.
Because God isn’t mad at us. He loves us.
The enemy will tell us we aren’t worthy.
True. That’s why Jesus died in our place. To make us worthy.
The enemy will accuse us of needing to be perfect to approach God.
Jesus grants us his perfection so we can go boldly to God.
The enemy lies about us and who God created us to be.
But we are God’s creation, children—he calls us a royal priesthood!
It’s time to stop listening to the accuser. Stop agreeing with a liar. Quit entertaining shame and guilt.
Acknowledge the truth that we aren’t good on our own, but gratefully accept Jesus’s sacrifice for us and turn our hearts humbly toward God.
He delights in us. Sings over us. Embraces us.
When I run to him, even in my sin, he welcomes me and reminds me that he knew and had a plan for that.
He’s not angry. He rejoices.
Now, that’s good news!