Are we secure enough in the eternal unending love of God for His children that we are able to accept and experience His anger and allow Him to express His disapproval?
He was angry with me this weekend. He didn’t stop loving me, there was no condemnation, but He was angry. Why? I took a hissy fit against Him for something that was not His fault at all. The reason? I felt very unwell and not able to enjoy fully something I had been looking forward to. I have been ill for a few years now. Genuinely it is the fist wrong attitude about it all that I have expressed, as far as I know. Apart from this moment this weekend, I don’t think I have ever complained. How on earth could I ever complain when He has given me His only Son to save me from eternal hell and death and given me full and free forgiveness and eternal life in all its fullness, blessed me in so many ways?
The next morning I knew I had no option but to get on my knees and repent. It is what God required and there was freedom and restoration in the experience. There was no soothing offered to my bad attitude; no explanation as to why what had happened to me was allowed to happen and interrupt my happiness; no “There there, it’s ok, of course I understand your reaction, Kenny, my beloved child.” For this securely loved child, there was one thing on offer if the air was to be cleared: the grace filled opportunity to repent of an attitude that had displeased my Heavenly Father, dishonoured Christ and grieved the Holy Spirit.
How could we ever be secure in a love that did not love us enough to express disapproval, anger etc. at ways and attitudes which could do us great harm in our relationship with God, with other people or with myself? God is a good God all the time, He is extremely generous, slow to chide and swift to bless. He is not however an indulgent God. Much teaching today being is being marketed in books and in worship C.D’s, franchised in courses and lapped up in conferences that seem to be teaching an indulgent God rather than a good and generous God.
I am not comparing myself with Jeremiah, but it is interesting that in Chapter 15 when he took a hissy fit, even accusing God of being deceptive, unreliable, like a brook whose waters had failed, God came and challenged him:
“If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
you will be my spokesman…”
We seem to live in days when the prevailing popular theologies have little room for fear of the Lord, despite Jesus telling us and commanding us to have that proper fear. It is as though nowadays it is a sign of spiritual maturity to rage against God. The Lord did not approve of Jeremiah’s raging or commend him for his honesty. Please remember He is the Lord. He is never answerable to us. We are accountable to Him, now and on The Day to come.
No sermon is for everyone to the same depth, and no one blog can say it all either. I wonder though if this could help someone today? Don’t reinvent the wheel. I offer my experience in the hope that it will help the humble to learn something helpful. I am offering you insight from the Word of God and my own experience into the ways towards life in all its fullness that Christ offers. He withholds no good thing from those who fear Him in the proper way and walk in His ways. Fear Him properly and we lack nothing. We will always be radiant. That is what the bible says.
Oh by the way, remember that it was Christ who said what He said to Jeremiah. Please remember He is the Lord God of the Old Testament as well as the new… but that is for another blog….