“What have I done to deserve this?” Come on, be honest; have you ever responded this way to life’s circumstances? It might have been about your car not starting, not getting a promotion, a bad medical report or worse. Whatever the circumstances, this type of response suggests that we are in a cosmic system of reward and punishment based on conduct: Make God angry – car won’t start, make God happy – get promoted at work, make God angry – dog runs away, make God happy – you don’t get sick, you get the point. There is one slight flaw for the Christian who thinks this way and that is this: you cannot make God angry with you.
Isaiah was a prophet of God, in other words God spoke through Isaiah. Many of Isaiah’s prophecies are “Messianic” meaning they tell about the coming Messiah – Jesus who would pay for our sins and usher in a new era in mankind’s relationship with God. The passage below is one of these “Messianic prophecies.”
“Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. (Isaiah 54:9-10 NLT)
Does sin make God angry? Yes it does. Does sin require punishment from a perfectly just God? Yes again, and this is precisely why Jesus went to the cross. He received God’s wrath and He received punishment for your sins. For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT) God is not angry because whatever you have done that makes you think He is angry with you was paid for by Jesus. When God says through the prophet Isaiah, “I will never again be angry and punish you” He was looking forward to a time when He would have a new covenant with His people, a covenant of forgiveness and grace rather than rules and consequences. This new covenant began when Jesus took the sin of the world upon Himself and suffered the consequence of God’s wrath. So if you have given yourself to Jesus and received the forgiveness that He offers, God is not angry with you.
There are plenty of explanations for the trials and tribulations of this world, Jesus told us they would exist. But an angry God punishing you for sins that His Son paid for is not one of them; that goes against the very reason Jesus went to the cross! Christian, you have a loving God, a forgiving God, a merciful God and a caring God. You have a God who gives peace and comfort and strength to get you through life’s tribulations. So carry on without the burden of believing that your Heavenly Father is angry with you.
I hope these “Game Changers” help you to experience the peace and joy God has for you. These game changing truths are benefits for those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ: You are immortal, you have eternal security, you are free from the Law and God is not angry with you. Receive it brothers and sisters!
Have you experienced a “Game Changing” truth in your life that has set you free from fear, worry, doubt or some other type of stronghold? Please share!