You have had the thought that God is mad at you in times past, haven’t you? We all have an idea of who God is and how He feels about us. Most of the time we would like to avoid the confrontation with God because we know the sins we have in our life. Let me remind you God already knows about them, and He is not mad at us. Matter of fact, He seeks to save those who are lost. Right after Adam sinned in the garden in the first book of the bible, God goes looking for Adam; calling for Him to come close. Did you notice Adam had already sinned? The devil has been lying to us since the very beginning. If the devil can convince us that God is mad at us and that we have to clean up our act before we come to God, we will never come. The truth is we can not come to God without Him drawing us to Him. We come to Him broken, dirty, lost and in need of a Savior.
Another example we find in Romans 5:8 saying while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Over and over again the Bible is clear about God seeking us. Once we succumb to His advances, we serve Him out of a heart of desire for Him. We learn how this works by the example of marriage vows. We promise each other to love in sickness or in health, richer or poorer or even if you don’t do the dishes. That’s not a conditional commitment. From God’s point of view it’s all Him doing the promising; we agree with Him. God is always taking the initiative.
The point I am making is that God is looking for us and He is not mad at us. It’s important to understand this because we don’t have to be afraid of God. He isn’t a fuddy duddy who doesn’t want us to have any fun nor is he that guy that is ready to smack the fire out of you if you turn away. Matter of fact, God lets us turn away from Him so we can see we can’t do anything on our own. We were never meant to be alone or to carry our own burdens. God designed us to contain the Holy Spirit and He wants to indwell redeemed man. The way I put it to the girls in jail was this: God is so big; it takes all of us to express who God is.
Later in the law box with one of the girls I just listened and watched her cry as she poured her heart out to me about her family. It’s hard for me to get into any details with you or them because one answer comes to mind and that is to trust God. I can say it in a whole bunch of different ways. What I didn’t know was God was going to remind me of the very thing I had told them to do.
As I left the jail to go home, I checked my cell phone to find a message about my brother who was being admitted into the hospital for a suspected blood clot in his lung. My first response was that he was going to die and I began to cry. I called my brother right away because I had to hear his voice and I waited for him to tell me he was going to be alright. But he didn’t know if he would be okay or not. That’s when I heard God say to me, “Listen to what you told the girls tonight.” My heart told me that I need to trust God. Ultimately, it’s the only thing we can do and have peace. We have no control over the beat of our heart in our chest or the next breath we will breathe. No matter what we do or what we think, the tears we cry or the fighting we do….. We are in God’s will. He ordains our steps, and He will use what the devil meant for harm and use it to His glory. It’s about the glory, folks. God went to great lengths to prove to us He loves us and wants an intimate relationship with us. Listen, God isn’t mad at us. He loves you and me and it’s personal.
Written by Tracey