Jabe Nicholson: House of the Happy God
Do you think God is happy? The Bible calls him thus: the happy God. (1 Tim 1:11, lit.) He is infinitely happy! But how can he be, when he knows all the problems of our world?
The atheist who says there can be no God of love with a world like this just makes it worse. So you can get rid of the philosophical problem of a loving God, but that doesn’t get rid of the pain. In fact, it makes things a thousand times worse, because then there is no hope that there will ever be justice or compensation for the victims.
If the Bible is true, we can be sure that everything will work out. To listen! “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there will be no more death, no sorrow, no crying. There will be no more pain, for the first things have passed away. (Rev 21:4) Not only are the tears gone, but the sorrows that caused them!
In the meantime, how do we stay sensitive to the hurting people around us without being overwhelmed by grief?
To answer this, it helps to understand something about our true anatomy. The human being is made up of three interconnected components. Paul wrote, “May all your spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess 5:23) The body allows us to interact with others. The soul is the conscious part of ourselves: our emotions, our thoughts and our will. The spirit is the equipment we have to connect with God.
The “God is dead” movement understood the problem, but went to the wrong place. When we say the phone is dead, we mean there is a cut somewhere. In this case, death is at our end of the line. Our sin has severed our bond with God. That’s what God meant when He said to our first parents, “You shall not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for the day you eat from it you will surely die.” (Gen 2:17)
Jesus, the heavenly repairer, is able to reconnect us, or to use the biblical word, “reconcile” us with God. “When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son” (Rom 5:10)
Once we put our trust in Christ and His sacrifice for us, our minds are reconnected with God. Only thus can we be “sorrowed, but still joyful” (2 Cor 6:10) Our souls may be heavy with sorrow around us, but our spirits may be filled with the joy of heaven, for the joy works in the realm of the spirit. (Ga 5:22)
The Lord Jesus, being God who became man, can “compass on our weaknesses”. (Heb 4:15) The Man of Sorrows goes through our difficult times with us. But He plans to rid the universe of suffering. To do this He must also rid the world of sin, the cause of it all.
People ask, “Why doesn’t God DO something?” He will do so soon, but he is waiting for the recalcitrants to answer him. A perfect world is coming, but right now He invites us to completely rid ourselves of our sins by accepting His Son. This is the only way to be ready for the eternal home of the happy God.
Jabe Nicholson enjoys experimenting with ways to see God providing for those in need. Join it at [email protected] or visit www.uplook.tv