Because of our habit of sinning (most of the time in the same areas), does God ever get frustrated with us? Does God ever find Himself at His wits end dealing with us sinful humans?
Before, I answer the question, let me first explain what I mean by the question. When I ask “Is God tired of us”, I do not mean it in the sense that God actually tires physically or emotionally. I am asking from the viewpoint of the Old Testament where God destroys a city because the people would not repent or when God literally takes someone’s life like in the case of Ananias (Acts 5). Is God “this close” to really taking us out?
Answer: Yes, and No.
There has never been a time or will there ever be a time where God is carefree about sin. God always hates sin. However, this is no reason for Christians to fear God as if He is an executioner. The beauty of the cross is that although God hates the sin that we commit, God has forgiven us for every sin we have or will ever commit because of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross in our place. He has already paid the price.
The reason why this is important is because we do not have to walk around with the fear and doubt that often comes with this question. God does punish sin and disciplines His children, but it's not because he is through with us. It is because He loves us and is conforming us to Christ. In my experience, when someone is asking this question, normally, it's because they are looking at God the way we would look at ourselves. When we consider our own sin and inability to be holy, we are tired of ourselves and a logical conclusion in our mind is "Well, if I'm tired of me, God (who is holy) must REALLY be tired of me.
And that would be true...if God thought the way we thought, but thank God that His ways are far above ours. Consider Psalm 103:8-14 to answer the question.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide (scold or rebuke), nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” Psalms 103:8-14 ESV
That is great news!! Even though God does in fact discipline us, the Bible says that He shows us compassion and He remembers that we are dust. In other words, God knows we are weak. Now, this by no means is an endorsement to sin, but because we have a high priest (Jesus) who sympathizes with our weakness, we can always come boldly to God that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Amen!!
Now, I know for a lot of us, this can be difficult to accept because we feel we don’t deserve God’s grace, so let me give a few warnings (things to look out for)
- Beware of guilt and condemnation- God convicts, Satan condemns. Be careful not to let God-ordained conviction and brokenness that is designed to lead you to repentance and into a closer relationship with Christ lead you to believe that you are under condemnation (Romans 8:1) and cause you to fear coming to God.
- Beware of self-pity. It is natural to feel unworthy of God’s grace. I believe this feeling is good because it helps you know the amazing depth of God’s love and grace. However, if we are not careful, this can lead to self-pity. Self-pity is a sin because it wars against the fact that God has already made you a new creation and can breed doubt concerning God's power to sanctify you. Whom the Son has set free, is free indeed.
- Be careful not to isolate yourself. In times of uncertainty, run toward Christ not away from Him. The story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 reminds us that we are never too far from God that we cannot return. Don't let Satan, yourself, or others convince you that God doesn't love you or that you are beyond repair. As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12).
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