Before we dig into that, we need to uncover our biases.
How do we approach God’s view of us. Do we put ourselves in His shoes? (I think we often do this unconsciously. After all, that is our only point of reference.) Do we approach the question from a scriptural basis? Or do we look at through the Father’s heart?
Naturally, we can’t actually separate scripture from the Father’s heart, but I think many of us attempt to do just that. With risky consequences. Unless we are sitting with Holy Spirit and asking Him questions and waiting for revelation, we will read scripture through our personal (and often tainted) lens. We need His insight so we don’t lean on our own faulty thinking (Prov. 3:5).
So, when we try to apply our lens to what we think God’s perspective is, this is what we get: Finite man, with limited understanding, trying to ascertain how infinite God, whose ways are higher than our ways, thinks.
We are natural beings; God is supernatural.
Human Reasoning Doesn’t Apply To God
What concerns us (death, money, health, our children’s success…) doesn’t pull on Him in the same way. He is a daddy to our “childish” concerns. A daddy cares, never demeans, but helps His children understand that what they see as huge and world ending is actually much smaller compared to the more important things. And it’s His job to teach them about those more important things. It’s why we go from glory to glory in our understanding.
If you think about it, what concerns you at twenty probably isn’t a blip on the map at forty. And what concerns you at forty will likely be marginal at sixty.
So we can’t use our human reasoning to determine what God is thinking or feeling. We need to find out, not guess. Not shape our behavior or our approach to Him from a foundation of guesses.
If I think He’s disappointed with me, it’s going to change how I approach Him. If I believe He’s pleased with me and disappointment isn’t part of our relationship, that’s going to create a whole different approach.
So this is a very important question to get resolved, as it impacts our ability to go to deep levels of intimacy with Him.
God gave me a dream one night and in it He asked three questions.
- Does He get angry/disappointed with His people?
- What was the purpose of the cross?
- Was the purpose fulfilled?
Starting with question #2 (we’ll circle back to #1) — Jesus died as us on the cross. He became all of our sins and a curse so the wrath of God would be poured out on Him and not us, and the law could be fulfilled (2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13, Rom. 3:24-26, Rom. 4:4-8).
Question #3 — Was God’s purpose fulfilled? If all of God’s anger was poured out on Jesus (for our sins), how much anger does He have left for our present sins? None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Our present sin was on the cross 2000 years ago and has been dealt with.
Now, in our current dismal failure, rather than feeling His wrath, we should feel His arm wrapped around our shoulders as He gently says, “Sweetie, this issue right here where you yell when you’re angry, or you drink when you’re sad, or you look at pornography? You’re missing an experience of Me that will heal and free you. Can I help you with that?
So we don’t get His disappointment or His anger, we get His love and His Father’s heart to help and heal and make us whole.
Father, thank you for the beautiful gift of salvation! That I get to walk in the sacrifice of what Jesus did for me and bask in Your love and acceptance. Teach me to love and accept myself as You do. Help me to see myself through the eyes of Your love and help me to love others in the same way. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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