Many times in our lives we interpret things poorly because we only see part of the picture, and to see things clearly, we need to see the whole picture.
If you had loving parents raising you, I am sure you can look back and remember times when you thought they were being unfair or unjust. Like remember that time when you wanted to draw all over that newly painted wall, and you received discipline for it? Unfair or just?
We can clearly look back now at this episode in life and acknowledge that our parents acted justly. Your perception has changed.
When reading God’s Word, how do you perceive God? Is He a harsh taskmaster who requires too much out of His slave children, or do you see a loving Father who would give up anything to be able to be with His children?
Which of these characteristics are you looking for? Are you looking for an unforgiving supreme being who lords over all of us lesser creatures, or are you looking for a God who was willing to give up His most precious treasure just to be able to hold you in His arms?
My question to you today is: What are you looking for?
My dear friends, when we look at God through the expectation of wrath, we are expecting to find Him as we see Him.
Have you ever had your mind made up about something even before you had the chance to judge it one way or the other? I always think about when I was a child and had a new food introduced to me. It was green, and I had already made up my mind that I didn’t like it. Sometimes I wouldn’t even give the new food a chance. I had judged it gross before even trying it.
Sadly, sometimes I thing we treat God as commonly as we would a new food or a new experience. We have heard so much secondhand information about Him that we have already painted a portrait of Him in our minds. Yes, we agree that He can be loving at times, but that is only when we measure up to His standards. Only when we deserve His love.
Could it be that we have wrongly interpreted the Bible? Could it just possibly be that we have painted the wrong picture?
Could Noah’s ark be an expression of God’s love, not a sorrowful genocide of misunderstood creatures. What if God had allowed sin to run rampant in this earth? What if He hadn’t drowned sin in the flood?
He saw you. He saw me. He knew that if sin of this magnitude wasn’t dealt with now there would be no hope for the world. Think about this. There would have been no one to bring His only begotten son into this world. There would have been no Jesus. There would have been no salvation. There would have only been hell for all generations. Love has to act, and sometimes love doesn’t do what is expected. Love isn’t always easy, but it always has you at heart.
God action’s throughout all eternity, were for you and me. He was not going to let us slip through His hands because the times got tough. He is love, and love is stronger than any force on this earth.
So my question today is, what are you looking for? Are you looking for His loving-kindness? Are you looking for His grace in your life? Forgiveness? Mercy?
Because friends, what you are looking for is what you will see. Make sure your perception is based on what you read in God’s word, not some secondhand gossip you heard though the grapevine. His loving-kindness is better than life itself!
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7