Your view of who God is affects EVERYTHING else in your life. For example, if you see God as a strict disciplinarian, you will fear Him (not in the good way). Consequently, you will be hesitant to draw close to Him. If you see Him as distant and disconnected, you likely will take sin lightly. Throughout the Bible God is referred to as a Father. As a father myself, I know what it’s like to hurt for my kids when they hurt. God feels the same way toward us. We see this characteristic of God’s nature exemplified in His Son Jesus. As an example, when Martha and Mary wept for their deceased brother Lazarus, Jesus wept as well, even though He was preparing to raise him from the dead. Their pain was still His pain. I have heard it taught that His tears were an example of His humanity. While that’s certainly true, I think it’s an even better example of His Divinity. We are emotional and compassionate beings because we were created in His image, not the other way around. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Oftentimes, through stubbornness, pride and even outright rebellion, we try to solve our own problems instead of crying out to our Abba (Hebrew for daddy). God wants to be the One we come to first, not our last resort! I want to encourage you, if you are in a difficult season of life, to run into the arms of your Heavenly Father. Cry out to God from the depth of your being and see if the Holy Spirit doesn’t come to comfort you. He can’t help it. It’s in His very nature to console His children. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean your situation will instantly be resolved. As it’s been said, sometimes God calms the storm and other times He calms His child. Either way, remember, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5 – KJV)

Barry Hinkle, Senior Associate Pastor

Barry focuses on guiding and supporting Life Groups and coaching and developing their leaders. He also serves on the Executive Board. (Read More)