Have you ever considered that God has feelings, too? Yes, feelings. He, too, is an emotional being like us, but without the mood swings, bad days, road rage or temper tantrums. But, yes, the Father has feelings. God has emotions.
God Experiences Anger (Wrath). “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying…” Psalm 2:4-5 NIV
God has Compassion. “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise to show you compassion…” Isaiah 30:18 NIV
God Grieves. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. “ Ephesians 4:30 NIV.
God Hates. “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.” Psalm 11:5 NIV
God is Jealous. “For you shall worship no other god; for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous (impassioned) God.” Exodus 34:14 AMP
God has Joy. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NIV
God Laughs. “…but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that His day is coming.” Psalm 37:13 ESV
God Loves. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 ESV
God has Pity. “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity. When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:35-36 AMP
God Rejoices. “Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice.” Proverbs 27:11; “And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5
We can easily agree that He has a mind and a will, but many of us stop short of assigning emotion to the Father’s many attributes. For some, the idea of the Creator of the Universe having feelings “humanizes” Him, and in turn compromises His deity. Au contraire, mon frère! Having feelings does not contradict His divine nature or His immutability. I remind you that we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), not the other way around. He gave us His qualities, His features, His ability to feel, to emote. Why? So He can engage intimately with His creation, with His children.
My point is not to simply prove to you that the Father has emotions. No, I want us to pause and reflect on what that means in the context of growing and nurturing a relationship with Him.
Think about your closest friend. How often do you two speak? When you have a problem is he/she the first person you call? How about when you want to share good news? How did that friendship form? When I think about my own friendships, I suspect it formed from shared experiences, crises that built trust, time chatting for no reason at all, and a mutual respect and genuine care for each other. Now, imagine that your friend stopped talking to you; or that he/she died. Maybe you don’t have to imagine. How did you feel? Were you grieved? Angry? What if the friend found a new bestie and didn’t call you as much anymore? Or called when the new friend was unavailable or when they needed something? How would that make you feel?
Could you be friends with someone who always talked about themselves and never asked about you, your day, or your interests? That’s what most of us do when we come to God. We vomit our problems, fears, and petitions; rarely taking a breath to just say, “Hi”. When was the last time, if ever, you said “God morning, Father”? Don’t get me wrong- God is the one to whom you should take all your problems, fears and petitions. I just want you consider that He has feelings. No judgment here. God wants to be your Father and your Friend.
In the scriptures, God describes David as a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). He called Moses His friend- talked with him face-to-face (Exodus 33:11). Proverbs 3:32 says He takes the upright into His confidence. That implies friendship, intimacy, the knowing of God’s secrets. The knowing of God’s heart. Don’t you want to know God’s secrets?
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God,..” Jeremiah 24:7
Yes, God has feelings. And His sovereignty is not threatened or somehow lessened because of it. God gave us the Gift of Feeling- the ability to express love, show care and compassion, to experience joy, and even sadness. He gave the gift of feelings because He wants to share all of the above with us. He wants friends. God wants confidants, people with whom He can share His heart. God wants to sit with you and just talk about everything and yet nothing in particular, like He did with Moses. Like you do with your best friend.
When you think about it, we have nothing to offer the Father but our time and friendship. Nothing. And yet that’s all He wants.
Do you have five minutes to spare? Quiet yourself and ask God (aloud), What’s on Your heart, Father?
Watch what happens next. I’ll have to create another category: God Expresses Excitement.
If you have another seven minutes to spare, I invite you to enjoy the musical gift below. CLOSER by Bethel.
Live blessed. xoxo,
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED ABOVE
Acts 13:22 NIV, After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.
Exodus 33:11 NIV, The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.
Proverbs 3:32 NIV, For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.