Have you ever wondered what the heart of God is like? In time those of us who know the LORD discover a level of understanding about His character. We see in scripture He is a loving God, a merciful Father & a friend of sinners. It makes sense in human terms to show love to those who love you in return, but even further than that God shows love to those who don’t even love Him back. And if that alone doesn’t blow your mind, He even has mercy upon those who do evil—so much so that He doesn’t wish for them to perish. Instead, He desires for them to repent and come home.
There’s a lot I don’t understand about the world… like why some people’s lives are full of suffering and others seem struggle free. I don’t have the wisdom to grasp why God allows certain things to happen and yet in His ability halts others. I’ve come to know, however, the more we try to “understand” God the less we allow ourselves to be in awe of Him. What I mean by this is when we are trying to figure Him out, we’re seeking to know why He does the things He does. But the entire character of God is in His mysterious persona. If we could understand God, He wouldn’t be God. He is in His very nature beyond comprehension.
If you’ve never been told this before I think it’s time: You DON’T need to understand everything about the world or everything about God in order to trust Him. Actually, trust in itself implies that we don’t know where the road is going next but we keep on trekking.
I came across this striking passage of Scripture the other day and felt it was worth sharing:
“Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.” Ezekiel 18:23
We have a tendency as humans to assume that God is like us. It sounds funny even writing this but what I mean is we have the presupposition to think He reacts or would react to people the way we would. Even those of us, while we are being changed from glory to glory, can fall into a trap of judgment. We can look at others and assume God’s grace has limits, but it does not. It is so far-reaching in fact that God himself takes NO DELIGHT in the suffering of His people, even the disobedient ones. While we may look at others and assume, based on their lives of destruction, God would want to keep accounts—and He does—but not to the effect we think. He keeps accounts but only until a little something called repentance takes place. And God wants ALL people to repent and return home to Him.
None of us are good. It doesn’t matter how righteous you think you are or how many good deeds you’ve done, the fact of the matter is we are all sinners. I don’t necessarily like to think of myself as a bad person, but the Bible tells me that in my flesh there is nothing good. Even more so the closer I grow in my relationship with God; the more my apparent inadequacy is revealed! Why? Because God is so perfect, so Holy, so pure that even one sin makes us unworthy to be in His presence. This is why we need Jesus to cleanse us and bring back the right standing with God that existed in the Garden of Eden.
If we as Christians are aware of how sinful we are how much more should we offer grace to others! If God Himself wishes for each and every heart to repent, we too should desire the same. No matter how badly we’ve been hurt, or how cruel the intention those around us have been in our failure we need to see God’s heart for what it really is… INCLUSIVE. Please, seek to include ALL PEOPLE in your plea for God’s mercy. Because God does not want even one to perish.
“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”