Misconceptions About The Man Upstairs (Part II)
Some more of Satan’s cruelest lies are that God does not love us and that He is just like our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, maybe even lovers. Have you ever been so consumed by a failed relationship or the distance between you and someone that that loneliness ate you up from inside?
God Does Not Love Me
A particularly lonely time in my life was during my last two years in high school. I had gotten myself settled among a certain crowd so when things turned sour, they virtually brought my social life to a screeching halt. I did not fit in any more. People looked down on me. For me, it was one of the most lonely feelings in the world. It signified not only the end of relationships I had deeply treasured, but also made me question my self worth.
- Why does no one like me?
- Am I that unlovable?
- Why does everyone I care about walk away?
- Does nobody love me?
Nancy Leigh Demoss illustrates the devastation of this lie in the following manner;
“We looked at our failed relationships and our feelings tell us: Nobody loves me – not even God.”
When some puts conditions on their affections for us it is painful. As a result, we tend to expect others to do likewise. These grim expectations tend to extend even unto our Heavenly Father. Our hurts, just as others we love do, project. Our pains reflect and become an image we paint on all our other relationships.
The truth could not be more far from it. God not only loves us, He IS love.
We may not always see it. We are probably not always going to feel it either. Yet God’s love is there for us, lingering on just the same. His love for us too knows no bounds. It is infinite, endless, and forever faithful. So even when we fall or find ourselves stumbling in darkness, God’s love remains.
Romans 5:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:16 Standard Version (ESV)
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
2 Timothy 2:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
God Is Just Like…
One of the most influential roles in our lives is that of our fathers and the father-like figures who shape our lives. The most important role, that of our Heavenly Father, sometimes tends to be shaped by these same role models. If we have given our hearts, trust, time, energy, and commitment to these strong role models to have them broken… it can make it difficult for us to build the greatest relationship we can ever hope to build. That relationship being with God.
God is like no one we have ever known or will ever meet on this earth.
Okay, so what is God like?
God is all powerful.
Luke 18:27 New International Version (NIV)
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
God is all knowing.
Isaiah 40:13-14New International Version (NIV)
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[a] of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?
God is wise.
1 Timothy 1:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God is merciful.
Daniel 9:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him
God is not our fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, grandparents, or anyone else we know. However, He IS everything a good father should and would be. He loves us despite our wrong doings. He watches over us and endures with us. He knows the innermost workings of our hearts and accepts us just as we are.