Genesis 6:6 (BBE) And the Lord had sorrow because he had made man on the earth, and grief was in his heart.

It is amazing how diametrically opposed to the world’s perception of reality the view of the Word (of God) is. Jesus spoke often of some of these differences. For example, he taught his disciples saying that in the world, those who are great would lord it over others, but that in God’s kingdom, he who wishes to be great must first be (like) a servant. (See Luke 22:24-26). This idea is so alien to the world system as you will find that those who serve usually occupy the lower rung of the society while those who are great are distinguished by the fact that they are the ones who receive the most service.

Similarly, the world has a warped view of who a strong man is. In their view, a strong man is one without emotions, he has strong well-defined chin and well-chiseled figure complete with six-packs and well-toned biceps and triceps. Flog him a million times and he doesn’t as much as whimper. At the very worst he turns around to say something along the lines of “Please let me know when you are done”. And if he suffers a heartbreak, he simply brushes it aside with the same seriousness he would accord the impact of a falling leave upon his shoulder.

He doesn’t laugh out loud nor cry, and if he ever does laugh, it must be just a tip-lipped wry smile, and he is only allowed to shed a few drops of tears with tight lips should he ever decide to cry. The summary is that the world looks at the optics and focuses on it to paint their picture of a strong man. It downplays emotions and makes it look weak and feminine.

However, this view is grossly misleading and quite inaccurate. God does have feelings and displays them often. In the Old Testament, you find that God showed how he felt especially as regards his chosen people, Israel. The prophets were the vessels whose lives were the very instruments with which God’s feelings were displayed and communicated which is why they lived a most dramatic life. Again and again, people broke God’s heart with their idolatrous infidelity, and boy! Did God feel the pain? Yes! Just ask Hosea, Moses, Jeremiah…, they’d tell you.

Your life and living are either sending proverbial daggers through God’s heart or they are supplying joy and satisfaction to Him. It was with a father’s pride that he boasted of Job, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil” (See Job 1:8), a similar sentiment that was expressed about Jesus by the Father when He proclaimed before the crowd in Jordan “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). If God is your father, what kind of feelings does He have about you? Are you causing pain or bringing joy?

Go into today knowing that it matters to God how you live and lead your life. God feels, and we will stand before Him someday. Make up your mind to be a beloved son in the order and manner of His Beloved Son.

—Ikechukwu Mpama

Yearly Bible Reading: Job 23-24 (In Devotional Audio)

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