BREAKING THE HEART OF GOD?
THESE THINGS HAST THOU DONE, AND I KEPT SILENCE; THOU THOUGHTEST THAT I WAS ALTOGETHER SUCH A ONE AS THYSELF: BUT I WILL REPROVE THEE, AND SET THEM IN ORDER BEFORE THINE EYES. PSALM 50:21
I heard a "preacher" on the radio the other day fervently exhorting the saints of GOD. He seemed extremely sincere as he earnestly pressed his audience to be more committed and to pledge themselves to purity and holiness. He wanted them to just stop sinning so much. The reason that he gave as to why the saints should adopt this new mindset was because to do otherwise was to "break GOD's heart". His appeal was both sincere and earnest, but sincerity and earnestness does not excuse setting forth a complete falsehood.
Anthropomorphism is the practice of attributing human characteristics to GOD in a literal sense. The scripture itself sometimes speaks of GOD as having ears, (see Num.11:18;14:28; I Sam.8:21) eyes, (see Gen.6:8; Ps.11:4; 34:15) hands, (see Ps.48:10; 95:7) etc.. The purpose of this language is to help us in our limited understanding to grasp the truth of a GOD who hears, sees, and controls all things. The scripture never sets forth any description of GOD which would make HIM susceptible to the same weaknesses and inabilities of human flesh as is brought forward with such a description as saying GOD's heart is breaking.
Heartbreak is directly linked with disappointment. Yet GOD is never disappointed and describes the reason that HE can't be by saying, "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." (Isa 46:9-
Heartbreak is directly linked to helplessness. Only those who are powerless to prevent an activity or occurrence could possibly be heartbroken. The ONE who predestinates all things according to HIS purpose is not powerless. HE is the ONE "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." (Eph 1:11) Nothing has or can occur in the heavens or the earth which is not directly according to the purpose and good pleasure of Almighty GOD.
b>Heartbreak is directly linked with regret. GOD does not wish HE could do things differently since things didn't turn out like HE planned. Such an idea is preposterous. HE said, "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Mal 3:6) HE who knows the end from the beginning is never taken aback nor can HIS purpose ever be overturned. "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain." (Psa 76:10)
When GOD created the Earth and all of its creatures HE looked upon that which HIS hand had made and HE called it good. Yet HE created the world with the full knowledge that sin would occur and HE made man in such a way as to be disposed to that sin. So man's embrace of sin neither surprised the LORD nor did it occur contrary to HIS purpose. Rather HIS purpose of manifesting HIS grace in the redemption of sinners was fulfilled in part by man's failure. Does this in any way excuse man's sin or give us reason to say let us sin that grace may abound? Absolutely not! Man is accountable for his actions because GOD has made him accountable. In fact HE told Adam and later Ezekiel that the soul that sins shall die. (see Gen.2:17; Ezek.18:4,20) So even the sin of man fulfills the purpose of GOD, while HE at the same time reveals that HE hates the workers of iniquity (see Ps.5:5), will not clear the guilty, (see Ex. 34:7, Nah.1:3), and will not even look upon it. (see Hab.1:13)
There are some who would take what we have said as a reason to accuse GOD of unrighteousness. "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?" (Rom 9:20) "Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?" (Isa 45:9) The GOD who rules the heavens is above reproach and can in no wise be accused by the creature. GOD is always right because HE is always GOD. To even suggest that there is some sort of imperfection or digression from holiness in anything HE should ever do is a terrible crime on the part of any creature and manifests a total ignorance of HIS deity and righteous character. Human logic fails when brought face to face with HIM who said, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isa 55:9) We must ever bow before HIM in adoration as HE has revealed HIMSELF, rather than attempting to determine HIS way by human reason. GOD can do anything HE desires to do and will always act according to HIS divine pleasure, manifesting HIS righteous character in all things.
"Keep silence all created things, and wait your maker's nod, my soul stands trembling while she sings the honors of her GOD." (Isaac Watts)
The high and lofty ONE who inhabits eternity, dwelling in the light to which no man can approach, is immortal and invisible and has not been seen by any man at any time. HE has been pleased to reveal HIMSELF to us in the person of HIS SON the LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE has put on the likeness of sinful flesh (see Rom.8:3) to purchase our redemption, and has subjected HIMSELF to the same temptations we are subjected to. HE has overcome them all in our behalf and has forever sanctified all of those for which HE came into the world to redeem. HE is presently working in them both to will and to do of HIS good pleasure (see Phil.2:13) and is directing their steps. (see Ps.37:23)
Sin is a reproach to any people. Nothing good can be said of it. A righteous man cannot love it nor desire to walk in it. (see Job 28:28;Prov.13:19; 16:6,17) The exhortations in the scripture to depart from evil is the very means the LORD uses to remind HIS children of their own inherent weakness and natural penchant for embracing sin. They are constantly driven to their knees to cry out to HIM for deliverance from this evil which doth so easily beset them. The LORD chastens those whom HE loves by these constant admonitions and the knowledge of their sinfulness is what drives GOD's children to sit continually at HIS feet. Those who consider themselves strong and faithful are usually neither but are rather those who are deluded by notions of religion and a weak view of the absolute holiness of GOD.
The lament of the sons of GOD is that they are not more like the LORD JESUS CHRIST in all of their ways. They see HIS righteousness and desire it. They see HIS faith and long for its power in themselves. They see HIS strength and marvel that HE should be mindful of them in their weakness. They view their own unfaithfulness and are amazed that HE has not cast them forever from HIS presence. "He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.' (Psa 103:10-