God Is Not Mad at You!
I have six simple words for you today. Six words that run contrary to religion, rumor and popular belief. Six words of good news…GOD IS NOT MAD AT YOU!
I remember the first time I found that out. I was shocked. I hadn’t been saved very long, and I had heard all my life about the terrible things God would do to you. He would make you sick and keep you poor. He would bring you crises to make you strong. Not only would He do those bad things to you, but also it was all right for Him to do them because He was God.
I don’t remember anyone ever saying those exact words to me, but, as a child, that’s what I heard.
Then one day I was reading the Bible and I came across Isaiah 54. It literally changed my thinking. God is not mad at us! Now that’s earthshaking good news, yet religion hasn’t given it much publicity.
That’s such good news that some folks have a hard time believing it. They start thinking of all the sin they’ve allowed into their lives, all the wrongs they’ve done. “There’s no way God is going to overlook all that!” they say. “Surely He’s going to do something about it.”
He already did. He sent Jesus to the cross.
Read Isaiah 52. All of us have seen paintings of the Crucifixion. But none of them come close to the horror of what happened to Jesus that day. When He took the sins and sicknesses of mankind into Himself, His body became so marred, He didn’t even look like a human being.
Yet it was this very event that bought us our covenant of peace and freed us forever from the wrath of God. Isaiah 53:10-11 tells us that God is satisfied! The sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross was enough to pay for your sins and mine. Sin has no authority over you. As far as God is concerned, it’s all over. All that is left to be done on this earth is the preaching and praising and the accepting of what He has done.
So study it out. Read Isaiah 52, 53 and 54. And let that good news sink into you. Let it renew you mind. God isn’t mad at you! He loves you! Just the way you are right where you are!
Speak the Word
The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but God’s mercy and kindness do not depart from me. Neither is the covenant of His peace removed from me. (Isaiah 54:10)
Heiligschriftstudium: John 3:9-17