Our guest speaker on Sunday, Beth Barone, began her message by pointing out that in any relationship if you think that someone is upset with you, it will impact the way you act and feel when you are around that person. You will be more guarded, cautious and concerned about where you really stand. In much the same way, if we carry the impression that God is somehow upset or finding fault with us, it will dramatically impact the way we approach Him.
When it comes to faith, the author of Hebrews tells us:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
If we want to know who God really is, we need to unpack and clear away any baggage regarding how He feels about us. Yes, God is an emotional being (we are made in His image so of course He has emotions just like we do!) and He definitely has feelings about us. If you are like me, I tend to focus on what He expects of me rather than what He feels about me. In fact, I feel a little nervous with the question, “What does God feel about me?” The reason? I grew up believing that God was displeased with me and would probably scold me if He had the chance. This attitude of fear and uncertainty towards Him was one of the reasons that I dropped out of church and quit praying. While I still believed in Him, I was pretty sure that He would disapprove of me because of the things I was doing.
Beth pointed out that the kind of assumptions I used to make about God having negative feelings towards me are, in fact, one of the biggest blockages to actually knowing Him and hearing His voice. For a long time, I assumed that if I felt negatively about myself then God must feel the same way. What a surprise it was to discover how much He loved me in spite of the stupid and destructive things I was doing! Old habits die hard. I have come a long way since my first encounter with the love of God but I still experience times of doubt about His emotions towards me. Oh sure, He loves me and is faithful to keep His promises, but does He really like me even when I am at my worst?
Our speaker offered a simple solution for those who have similar struggles to what I am describing. Just ask God what He feels about you and then wait for His answer. I did this and was so touched by what happened. Yes, it can be hard to hear at times, but try quieting yourself, tell the devil to shut up in Jesus’ name, then open your heart fully to him and talk to Him about any issues you are struggling with. Next, go ahead and ask Him, “Father, show me how you feel about me.”
I would love to hear about the answer you get to that question and I would encourage you to go deeper in knowing His heart for you every single day. You can believe that God really is
...... For you
......In love with you
......Delighting in you
......Singing over you
......Making great plans for you
......Smiling at you
......and so much more!
Take a moment right now, and ask. You will be glad you did.