Hurting God

Published on Jan 8th, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Hurting God

Hurting God

There are certain strong or harsh things that we say to each other that are acceptable. We know that they are measured and meant to communicate a strong emotion but they are not meant to harm the relationship. For instance, we can say, “You tick me off”. That can be harsh but we all understand it is often meant to kick off a conversation. Those words, if you think about them, are usually meant to attack the problem more than attack the person. They convey that we have done something to cause a problem.

On the other hand there are also harsh things that we shy away from saying because they demonstrate more of an attack on the person than on what they have done. I ran across one of those in the Bible and it struck such a cord with me that I have been meditating on it for two days now. Listen to these harsh words:

“O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!” Micah 6:3

The context of this passage is that God was pronouncing judgment on Judah for their sin of not following Him. He goes on from this verse to recall all that he has done for them. But in this verse he correctly mirrors a heart attitude that they may not have been willing to speak but they were obviously feeling. They were weary with God. I am sure that it started out being frustrated with God for things that they thought He had done “to” them. It probably moved to being angry with God. But now God was calling it for what it really was. They were weary of God. I am sure that they probably would not say it that way. They would just say that they were tired from God’s constant call for obedience. That the burden he was calling them to bear was too heavy. But God doesn’t just ask them what has he done…he also asks them how has he wearied them.

I know that people get tired of what I do or don’t do at times. I can handle that. We all get on each other’s nerves from time to time. But to say that you are tired of someone as a person…that is cold and hurtful. I believe that in Micah 6:3 we can see some of the hurt that we as God’s people can give to God. That bothered me. I trust that my behavior or lack of behavior has never communicated to God that I was tired of him. I know that I have been angry with him before. I know that I have grieved him before. But, for God to feel the hurt of me being tired with him, that struck me.

I suppose, for me, my relationship with God just became that much more real for me. God created us to be in a relationship with him and, in some ways, he took a great chance of being hurt. He knew the hurt was coming because his plan of redemption was from before the world was created and yet he still chose to be in a relationship with us. The fact that his chosen people were wearied by him had to hurt.
Am I giving to God human emotions that he does not feel? I honestly don’t know. The Bible does say that he loves, becomes angry, is grieved…why not hurt? Did Jesus weep over Jerusalem in just his humanity or also in his deity?

It is times like this that I wish we had responses available for the blog (we had to stop them because of the massive amount of spam we received). If nothing else, for me, it has given me two days of experiencing my relationship with God in a fresh way. I do not feel sorry for God. I simply want to walk in a way that communicates to him that I love him.

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