Paradox of Emotions————
Oh, that I had in the desert a lodging place for travelers, so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all adulterers, a crowd of unfaithful people. “They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me,” declares the Lord. [Jeremiah 9:2-3]
To one degree, you wanted to find rest away from seeing these people! However,
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! [Isaiah 30:18]
What a strain! After all, think of it as a conflict between yearning, strong desire for someone vs the problem that they way they were- made it impossible to be in an emotionally healthy relationship. Yet imagine the pain of longing to be close to someone that if they could change and come to their senses, it would be sweet to your soul! A dream come true!
Yet, paradoxically- the present state of this person- makes it impossible for an close and intimate relationship. I suppose we could borrow this for an analogy, a man who loves a woman and grows ro desire and love her and is enamored with her and enjoys the closeness, the connection, emotionally head over heels for her- yet suppose then she starts to let other men encroach on the relationship and slowly the man who adores her is slowly pushed to the side and treats him as just her go to when she needs something. Lets also suppose the gentleman who has been shoved aside is someone who is kind and good hearted, but she later shows her bitterness toward others and is bent on revenge and has become a cynical person. Well let’s say unfortunately there were reasons for this anger in her heart, pains, hurts, fears, struggles and longing that made her still human- though her behavior is atrocious- The man feels compassion-
Though he feels compassion and sorrow over her pain, her struggles, and hardships- he is nonetheless wounded by her ways. Grieved by her behaviors and afflicted by what she has been doing and who she is showing herself to be.
Though compassion is there, his heart cannot help but feel jealous over her and crushed by her rejection of him. (Now humanly speaking a man who wanted loved her like a lover can no longer be close to her in this regard without detriment to himself. Even though more then anything he wants to just overlook this- he cannot by his nature do this.] He cannot help the feeling of anger and pain nonetheless.
So, in the same sense, sin, creates a barrier between God and themselves, God is love and longs to be good to people and show compassion and kindness. Yet, God’s nature is distinct and holy, meaning he cannot violate who he is just because he loves sinners. He obviously hates sin.
Example: The Ten Commandments- are a reflection of what He is like, for one “Thou shall not lie” and we are told repeatedly, “God is not a man that he should lie”
“You shall have no other gods alongside of me”
Now, it is not unreasonable for a human lover to require that the person they are with does not cheat. Reasonable relationships- such as a married couple, it be unreasonable for a husband or wife to expect the person they are with to be ok with an affair. Right! An insane irrational person may not care but someone with some bearing on their mental faculties will feel jealous over that if they truly treasure that relationship.
God in the same sense wont share his rightful position as God with someone lesser or something lesser then himself, that he created, for everything was made by him and apart from him nothing exists. So it is offensive to a Holy God to thrust him out for another god. Or to think he will be fine with anyone making a god out of something or someone or themselves and then turning to him when they are in a jam. Why does God ignore the prayers of those who refuse to repent of sin and turn to Him? Because, he is not just a 911 God that is used for an emergency.
In the OT times, when his people whom he redeemed for himself from Egypt forsook him for idols, he forsook them to let their gods rescue them (Of course their idols couldn’t) so he let them suffer for a while so they could see what it was like to not have him around to get them out of a jam.
Then the prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and to the leaders of Judah who had assembled in Jerusalem for fear of Shishak, and he said to them, “This is what the Lord says, ‘You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandon you to Shishak.’” (2 Chronicles 12:5)
How can a heart bent in the wrong way be made straight? By nature we all sin, therefore, we become “Sinners”
Sin is a state of being, not just outward behavior, and the iniquity of the heart pulls us toward sin. Yet God loves people made in his image yet human beings who he created for relationship with him, became through Adam’s sin, sinful by nature. So, God has to either- blot us all out and forget we ever existed. Sending us to a place where he wont have to be grieved by looking at us. Yet, God is love, he is a compassionate God! He cannot tolerate sin nor does he delight in destroying us. Yet he has a few options- Compromise with sinners and deny His character- (That is impossible for Him) or (Wipe everyone out and banish them eternally from his sight)
But there is another alternative. Jesus Christ coming to suffer the penalty of our sins in place of us, and this is God stepping down to suffer on the cross in place of his rebellious creatures. Because Christ died for us, we are forgiven if we believe and receive Him as Lord and Savior. Therefore we are made right in the eyes of God at his expense. However, Christians can sin, and fail, and “miss the mark” and thats what sin means in the Greek. So God yes forgives us past, present and future but put’s his Spirit inside our hearts to move us to “Both will and act according to his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)
Also we see this in Jeremiah 32:37-41 and Ezekial
I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
Jeremiah 32:37-41 –
“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. [Ezekiel 36:24-28 ]
These were written when God sent Israel and Judah into exile for their sin and continual idol worship. They were removed from the land he gave them 70 years and then he brought his people back.
Yet there was true humbling and repentance in the afflictions and they turned back to the Lord.
In Deuteronomy 10:16 Moses said, “Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. (Deuteronomy 10:16)
In Deuteronomy 30:6 Moses says “The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Deuteronomy 30:6 –
In Jeremiah 4:4 God says “Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done— burn with no one to quench it.
In (John 3:3) Jesus said “Unless a man be born again he will not see the kingdom of God”
Lastly, sin makes us enemies of God, but:
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:10-11)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.