Life’s struggles can sometimes be overwhelming. When everything that can go wrong does, you wonder whether God is angry with you. Many people believe God is just waiting for them to mess up so He can zap them with affliction or drop a curse on them. They believe God disciplines His children with sickness and hardship. But the truth is, God is not angry with you. Satan, the devil, and the adversary of humankind perpetrated this lie. He is a liar and the father of lies and there is no truth in him (John 8:44).
When trouble comes, we can quickly extrapolate that God is angry with us. We may never understand why we suffer, but we should not allow our suffering to bring accusations against God. You cannot define God by how you feel about the way He feels about you.
If your loved one acquired cancer, God forbid, would you be angry or upset with your loved one? Would you stop loving them because they have cancer? Of course, you wouldn’t. While you would despise the cancer in your loved one, you would not stop loving them, and you certainly wouldn’t be upset with them because they have cancer. So it is with God. He despises sin, but He loves you.
The Strength of Sin
Have you ever wondered why you feel guilty when you sin, or why sin has such power over you? It is because innately we know that God is our Father, and every child desires to please their father. Because we know sin displeases God, we assume that He is angry with us. But God has pleaded your case and has redeemed you from sin’s bondage.
“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.”1 Corinthians 15:56
The law is perfect. It is designed to point out our imperfections. Sin gets its power from the law. Satan uses God’s law to vanquish his power over you by making you condemn yourself for not being perfect.
No one can deny that Satan has power. You only need to watch your local news to see him in action up close. However, apart from the law, Satan has no control over you. The Bible says the One in you is greater than the one that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). As a born-again believer, you need to know that you have authority over all of Satan’s power (Luke 10:19).
No Greater Love
President George W. Bush awarded the nation’s highest military honor to Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis. McGinnis was a 19-year-old soldier who saved the lives of four comrades in Iraq by jumping on a grenade tossed at their vehicle. Pfc. McGinnis gave his life to save the lives of his friends. This is an expression of love that is rarely ever seen.
Friend, God is not angry with you. He demonstrated His love for you, in that while you were still a sinner, He sent His Son to die for you (Romans 5:8). Before you even knew God exists, He loved you. It is mind-boggling to think that before you were born, God imputed the penalty for your sin on His Son.
Before going to the cross, Jesus said to His disciples,
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”John 15:13 NIV
If God was angry with you, He would not have sent His Son to take your place in judgment. The Holy Son of God, who never sinned, became sin for you, that you might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). That means Jesus traded places with you. He received your sin and bore the punishment for your sin in His own body, that through believing in Him, you might receive His righteousness, healing, blessing, and prosperity in your body.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,”John 3:16
God Has Renounced His Anger Toward Humanity
When we sin, God does not throw lightning bolts at us. He doesn’t say, “You’ve been disobedient. Come here! Let Me give you some sickness. Maybe next time, you will be obedient.” God promised to never again be angry with us. Listen to what He said in the Book of Isaiah:
“For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.”Isaiah 54:89
By the blood of His Son, God has entered into a new covenant with humanity. Under this new covenant, God has sworn to us that He will never again be angry with us, nor will he condemn us.
The next time you feel that God is angry with you, look at the cross. For there is no greater love than a man lay down his life for his friends.
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A timely message. Thank you for encouraging us, when life circumstances
can sometimes appear to be larger than God love for us.