How God Really Feels

Letting God speak for himself is a must.  And listening to everything that he says is vital.  We can all tend to approach the Scriptures and find the things we want to see and overlook the truths that are not convenient.  

 

I am so glad that the Gospel offer goes out to all people indiscriminately.  I am thankful that I can preach it and know that nothing in the person who hears the Good News either necessarily qualifies or disqualifies him or her for believing and receiving the hope of eternal life.  God must do the same miracle of regeneration in the dead heart of the nicest lady as he does in the dead heart of the hardest man.  

 

That, however, does not mean that God does not discriminate against people who are dead set against him and his sovereignty.  The Bible has a term for such people: they are wicked.  And honestly, anybody who does not gladly fall under the sovereign lordship of Jesus Christ is in that category.  I used to be in that category.

 

Listen to the word of the Lord:

 

Proverbs 15:8 (ESV) – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. 

 

Proverbs 15:9 (ESV) – The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness. 

 

Proverbs 15:26 (ESV) – The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. 

 

Psalm 5:5 (ESV) – The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 

 

God hates their worship, their ways of living, their thoughts, and he hates them.  These verses are not all that the Bible says about how God feels about the lost. It would be wrong to leave it at that.  The Bible has plenty of other things to say about God’s loving offer of his Son for the wicked, and his amazing grace to bring life to their cold, dead, hateful, wicked hearts. But it does say these things too. Evidently God knows how to reach out in love to those he hates.  We must let God speak for himself.