I’m not sure I will ever understand how God came to have such a bad rap among modern man. At least in olden times, even though men did not obey God then any more than we do today, they didn’t try to deny his very existence.
The story of Cain and Abel is just one illustration of God’s patience, long-suffering and loving nature. As with the previous post, this eye opening insight came from familiar passages I have read many, many times before: Genesis chapters four and five.
As vicious, unrepentant, arrogant and dismissive as murderous Cain was toward God, when he was in trouble, he instinctively, selfishly, without embarrassment or hesitation, turned to God and pleaded for mercy. What did God do? He bent over backwards to show Cain how forgiving and gracious he was in spite of Cain’s dastardly ways and nasty disposition towards him.
This trademark characteristic of God’s divine disposition is why Jonah was so loathe and reluctant to deliver God’s word to the Ninevites. Jonah KNEW God well enough to know that if the Ninevites repented and turned to God, he would forgive them and abundantly bless them.
God As Our Loving Heavenly Father
God’s tendency to be overly merciful and forgiving also explains why Jesus blinded the eyes and hardened the hearts of his stubborn followers, lest they understand and be converted, forcing him to have to heal them according to his merciful nature (Jn 12:40). He knew they would not be truly repentant, but that if they understood what was coming, they would take advantage of his mercy in order to avoid the consequences of their sins.
This is why Satan works unceasingly and is so persistent in his efforts to keep us separated from God and to the extent possible, keep people from being aware that God even exists.
Unfortunately for us, his efforts thus far have been mindbogglingly effective. Otherwise, we would have an ongoing interaction with God and personally experience (take advantage of) his overwhelming grace and unfailing mercy, like Cain did.
Don’t let anybody tell you that God does not love us. Until next time, be blessed.