The last time, I wrote on what to do when someone hurts us and I was asked to write on us hurting God. Sorry this took a long time coming.
I think the question we should ask first is if it’s possible to hurt God. Yes, it is. God made us in His image and likeness. We were made to have a body, soul and spirit. We have a soul which inhabits our will, mind and emotions. As we get sad and happy . . . So also does God. We may believe God is all-powerful and He can’t get hurt by anything we do. That’s wrong.
In the book of Genesis, in the times of Noah, God spoke about how much man grieved Him and He regretted making man.
Genesis 6:6 NLT,
So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.
God was sorry He made man.
It broke His heart.
How can we break God’s heart? It’s just like being in a love relationship with someone and the person does things that cause us to cry. Or we are hurt when they cheat on us with another person. That can cause a heart break and leave us torn first days… months even. And we can see in the bible different ways man caused God pain and heartbreaks.
It hurts God to see His people suffer.
Jeremiah 8:18 – 22
My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken.
Listen to the weeping of my people; it can be heard all across the land.
“Has the Lord abandoned Jerusalem? ” the people ask. “Is her King no longer there?”
“Oh, why have they provoked my anger with their carved idols and their worthless foreign gods?” says the Lord . “The harvest is finished, and the summer is gone,” the people cry, “yet we are not saved!”
I hurt with the hurt of my people. I mourn and am overcome with grief.
Is there no medicine in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?
Jeremiah 8:18-22 NLT
It hurts God to see us in pain. It hurts for Him to see us maltreated. Sometimes people question God, asking why He would allow such terrible things to happen to them. Just like in the case of Lazarus that died and Jesus wept. He wept for how Lazarus had to suffer from sickness and die when that wasn’t God’s plan from the beginning.
We hurt God when we don’t accept His Son, Jesus.
There are still a lot of people put there who don’t believe Jesus is Lord or who are even dragging their feet… saying there’s still time and they want to enjoy themselves.
We hurt God when we sin against Him.
As Christians, we must realise that having sold out our hearts to God and made the decision to follow Him, it doesn’t exempt us from hurting God. Yes, we have pleased Him by surrendering our lives to Him, but there are times we go against what He wants us to do. There are times we neglect fellowship with Him and allow worldly distractions turn us away from Him. There are times we forget Him and go seeking solutions elsewhere and we probably go back to Him when we have exhausted all other options. That’s like making Him a second fiddle and that would surely hurt!
Hosea 11:1-4 NLT says,
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols. I myself taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn’t know or even care that it was I who took care of him. I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.
In what ways are you hurting God?
– Are you procrastinating reading your Bible?
– Are you too busy to have a relationship with Him?
– Are you still holding back to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life?
– Do you abstain from following His Word?
– Do you sin on purpose?
Search your heart and try to make amends. . .
♡ Bible Quote for the Day:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you.
PSA 32:8 AMP