The concept of an all-knowing and unchanging God is a difficult one for us to grasp. Because we’re used to dealing with imperfect humans, it’s hard not to draw a correlation to those relationships and the one we have with our Heavenly Father.
Sometimes we fall into the misconception that His love and acceptance is partially dependent ON us. If we do the right things, He’s pleased with us. If we fall short, He’s disappointed. Even when we repent and confess, there can be a lingering fear that we have to earn our way back into His good graces.
The thing is though, God is not imperfect. Our mistakes have no impact on the love He has for us. Even before your conception, He knew all the ways you would fall short, but He still sent His Son to die for you anyway. Not because at some point in the future, you would do something to merit it. He chose to endure the cross for you because HE is love. When you fall into the muck and mire, He’s not shaking His head in disapproval. He’s holding His hand out to you, urging you to get back up again.
In case you missed it the first time, God is NOT disappointed in you. He is omniscient. He knew what would happen before it happened. Yes, when you choose to disobey, He’s not pleased with your actions, but that doesn’t mean He’s not pleased with YOU.
The Bible tells us that when we’re saved, we become new creations. We’re no longer under the curse of the law because Jesus wraps us up in His OWN robes of righteousness. We don’t have to work for His approval. Jesus did the work for us. Our identity is in Him.
Something that really troubled me in the past was the subject of “being pleasing to God”. My lack of understanding put me on unstable ground, which in turn left me wide open to the attacks of the devil. But the more and more I sought God on the matter, the more He began to open my eyes to the truth.
One of the first things He annihilated was the belief that my actions shaped His perception of me. After one particularly bad screw up, I was feeling really defeated and the devil (being the pain that he is) was berating me with the constant thought “See! You’re a failure. How could He be pleased with you?”. To which God immediately responded, “You are not your mistakes, Cas. You are not your inadequacies. You are not the weaknesses of your flesh.”
Don’t let the devil convince you that God’s opinion of you can be altered. We have a greater God than that, One who isn’t swayed by the opinions or actions of others.
He IS pleased with you, because you’re His child. There is a place for LIVING in a manner that’s pleasing to Him as well but it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do in order to be. You are because of grace, and the more you realize that, the more your actions will reflect it too.
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.