Is God Trying To Teach Me Something?

by Eric Dunbar

Is God trying to tell me somethingSometimes we are overwhelmed by life’s struggles. In such difficult times we often conclude that God is trying to teach us something through our suffering. While there is never an easy answer that alludes to our suffering, one thing is certain: God does not teach life’s lessons through our pain and suffering.

Is God Angry With You?

A wife divorces her drug addict husband. After several years they both remarry. In time the ex-husband is delivered from his addiction and his life is totally turned around. The ex-wife starts to experience difficult times in her new marriage. Things are not working out the way she planned, and in her misery she begins to wonder if God was trying to teach her something for divorcing her husband.

Many people believe God is trying to teach them a lesson when they make wrong judgments, but many of the things we suffer are due to the choices we make. You must understand that God is not angry with you and He will never will be, and here’s why. God says this concerning His anger:

“‘For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you” (Isaiah 54:9-10).

God swore to Noah that He would never again destroy life on the earth with a flood. Now get this, God does not have to swear, because He has no one to answer by. However, whenever God swears, He swears by Himself. Just as God swore to Noah after the flood that He would never again flood the earth, God has also sworn to us that  He will never again be angry with us, nor will he ever rebuke (condemn) us. Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul says that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ.

The Debt Is Paid

The “now” in this letter to the Roman church refers to the death of Jesus on the cross. You see, before the cross, God imputed the penalty for sin on the individual who sinned. The only way to be forgiven of the sin is through the sacrifice of innocent blood. This could only be done with the blood of a bull, ram, or lamb.

On the cross, God imputed the penalty for sin on Jesus because Jesus did no sin, therefore He became the innocent sacrifice for our sins. After the cross, God is no longer angry with us and He does not condemn us for our sins, because the price for sin has been paid in full, once and forever. In the place of His anger, God gave us grace — his unmerited favor — and peace — the everlasting peace of Jesus.

Why would God make such a promise to us? God tells us why He made such a promise in Isaiah chapter 53. The answer is Jesus! The entire chapter speaks of God’s Son, His birth as a man, His suffering and death, and why He died such an agonizing death on the cross. God said it please Him to crush His Son, to offer Him as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. What happened at the cross, demonstrated the love of our heavenly Father.

Before the cross, God imputed the penalty for sin on the individual who sinned, provided that person did not make the required sacrifice. What was that sacrifice? It was the blood of an innocent bull, ram, or lamb, who had nothing at all to do with the sin. On the cross, God imputed the penalty for sin on Jesus because Jesus did no sin, therefore He became the innocent sacrifice for our sins. After the cross, God is no longer angry with us and He does not condemn us for our sins, because the price for sin has been paid in full, once and forever. In the place of His anger, God gave us grace—his unmerited favor.

So the next time you fall short of the glory of God, do not tell yourself, nor should you allow anyone to tell you that God is angry with you, or that He is trying to teach you something through your misfortune, because He is not. For God has sworn by Himself, that He will never be angry with you because His anger has been completely exhausted in His Son on the cross. You are not condemned but rather you are loved. “For God so loved the world, that He gave (offered up as a sacrifice for sin) His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) shall not perish (die for his own sin) but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). The reason we love God is because He first loved us.

The reason God is not angry with you is because He is pleased with the sacrifice of His Son. That is why He says, “…so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.” God has made a covenant with us, just as He did with Noah. God swore to Noah that He would never again destroy life on the earth with a flood. Now get this, God does not have to swear, because He has no one to answer by. However, whenever God swears, He swears by Himself. Just as God swore to Noah after the flood that He would never again flood the earth, God has also sworn to us that  He will never again be angry with us, nor will he ever rebuke (condemn) us. That is why the Apostle Paul says that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ.

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