“I grew up in church most of my life but I feel I ‘missed something’. I have backslid for years and am scared. I know God exists and He sent His only Son to die for my sins, but I don’t know how to have a relationship with him” was the comment that jumped out me from the latest Facebook Message I had received.
It’s the basic underlying message I hear from a great number of people who are wandering the halls of our churches today, or like this person in particular, feels like they are no longer welcome in church because they haven’t figured out the secret to making God happy.
How do we know if and when God is truly happy?
Can we ever know?
I really don’t think we are able to ever fully come to that conclusion yet the premise we so often resort to is that God is mad, by default, and unless we do something to really make him happy, he’s just always mad.
Where did we get the idea that God is angry all the time?
Gut check moment here, but I think it’s the churches fault that the world believes that.
I grew up in that church. The one that preached that you had to do everything right and when you did God was happy, but when you crossed that line, where sin was present, than you would succumb to the wrath of God. You didn’t tick God off, you just never made him happy.
Paul wrote in Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
This isn’t the only example but it’s certainly very clear and to the point, God doesn’t smile at things that aren’t right. Good. We’ve got that established. God doesn’t like things that are wrong. But there’s context here. Paul speaks to people who are inherently rejecting the very relationship with Christ. That’s Bad, altogether!
Paul goes on to say this in Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”
He further repeats himself in the same chapter in verse 9, ”Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
I despise hearing people beat themselves up because in their minds they have so far to go to convince this unhappy God to be happy with them. But that’s not their job to do. When Jesus yielded his will and humbled himself to the point of death on a cross, your acceptance of that gift made God permanently happy.
The choice is yours, do you choose this event, the death of Christ on the cross, or do you try on your own to put a smile on God’s face?
What are your thoughts on this whole matter?
Do you feel God needs to be “made happy”?
How have you wrestled with that thought throughout your life?