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God is not mad at you

To start this off, I’m going to ask you to picture something with me. It is a depiction of two different fathers. The first father is angry. He has a scowl on his face and a whip in his hand. He is fed up with his children and is just waiting to punish them as soon as they step out of line. He demands perfection and gives no grace for mistakes. His children fear him and cannot approach him, so they try their best not to step out of line.
The second father is happy. He has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He adores his children. He is gentle and loving and warmly embraces them, showering them with affection. Even when they mess up, he still shows them mercy. Not only that, he shows them grace and even gives them what they don’t deserve.
I shared that because I believe the two different fathers are representative of how people view our Heavenly Father. Many people view God as the first father: angry with his children because of sin and ready to punish them when they step out of line. But nothing could be further from the truth.
God is really like the second father but is so much better than what I was able to portray with words. This leads me to another aspect of freedom that we now have through Jesus: We are free from God’s wrath.
What? Isn’t that heresy? Doesn’t sin anger God?
God was angry with sin under the old covenant. After the law came, the sins of the people were imputed to them (Romans 6:13). But things have changed under the new covenant. God is no longer angry because all his wrath against sin was poured out on the body of his precious son.
He is no longer charging sin to our account (Romans 4:8) because it was charged to Jesus’ account in our place. The chastisement for our peace was upon him (Isaiah 53:5) because the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).
Now, because of Jesus, the Bible tells us in Isaiah 54:9-10, “For this is like the waters of Noah to me; 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. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace by removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
That is the result of what Jesus did on the cross for us. God is not mad at you. His kindness shall not depart from you. He is not sending hurricanes or other natural disasters as a sign of his wrath. Hurricanes come as a result of living in a fallen world. Jesus himself rebuked the storm, and he could only do what his father told him to do (John 12:49).
My life has been so transformed by understanding God is not mad at me. I’m crying as I write this, tears of joy and thankfulness toward Jesus, who bridged the gap, who took on his innocent body all that I deserved so that I can now come boldly to the throne of grace. Instead of fearing God (being scared of him), I am now in awe of him and his love for me. He is a good daddy.
I believe God wants to use this column to speak directly to someone reading this. You have had the wrong impression of God for far too long, and he wants you to see him as he really is.
He is not mad at you. His kindness will never depart from you. Stop and think about that. Read over those verses in Isaiah 54, meditating on them and speaking them out. They are God’s promises, and he can’t lie.
You are not a special exception that is excluded from his promises. He knows what you have done, and yet he still loves you. And he knows what you have been through and wants you to know it was the work of the enemy, not him.
Stop believing the lies the enemy has told you about him and start believing the truth from his word. Allow it to transform how you’ve always thought of God. See him as your loving daddy, your Abba father, not some dictator ready to punish you.
God is standing with open arms, ready to love and embrace you. Run to him now. Run to those open arms and let his love and goodness wash over you like never before. You’ll be glad you did, and he will too.
Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com">amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: September 25, 2017
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