Call it recognition, appreciation, acknowledgement or what have you; but nothing is more painful than not being recognised. I know all of us, at some time, feel unappreciated. But I believe that no one is as unappreciated as God!
Think of the pain parents feels when their child fails to honour them. Particularly think of the pain a mother feels when her child, whom she carried in her womb for nine months, who came to this world through her (amid excruciating pain) later disregards her. I imagine that during her laments, she ponders the fact that had it not been for her, that child would not be in this world, yet her offspring does not heed that fact. How painful is that?
As imaginable as that pain may be, I believe we cannot even begin to imagine the pain that God feels as humanity blatantly ignores, discredits and nullifies him! He created a beautiful dwelling place for us (earth) and manifested us to rule over it. Because of his overwhelming love for us, even after Adam sinned, He made a plan to redeem us to himself. He tore himself into three pieces, releasing a piece of himself (Jesus) to come and redeem the human race! After Jesus had done his part, God released yet another part of himself, the Holy Spirit, but still humanity revels in her stubbornness and hardness of heart. Oh how painful it must be to be God!
Thought-provoking, isn’t it? It’s very uncommon to use God and feelings/emotions in the same sentence. Difficult still to talk about God and his feelings! The Bible says that God made us in His image, so since we have feelings, it means that He does too. It has been said that the Bible is God’s love letter to mankind. I don’t know what you think, but I believe that a love letter is filled with emotions and feelings.
From Genesis through to Revelation we read of God’s wrath, judgement, jealously, disappointment, dissatisfaction etc; we also read of his love, mercy, grace, faithfulness and goodness. Thank God for sacrificing his Son, so we won’t ever have to face a God with the ‘negative’ emotions, but wait a minute; isn’t his Son the very one that the world does not recognise? To top it all off, as much as humanity hurts him, He still loves us unconditionally. If we were cognisant of that fact, we would be mindful of how we live. To take it further, if we really got a revelation of who Jesus is, and what He has done, we would live revolutionary lives!
But all is not lost; for in verses 12 and 13 of the same chapter, John continues, “yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” Thank God we have received him, believed in him and are saved! On those occasions when I think of God’s pain, as in this case, I usually console God and say; “Lord here I am. The world may not know you but I do. They may not recognise you but I acknowledge your as Creator, Lord, God, King and Master of All. I may not be perfect in speech, thought and deed, but I am perfectly sold out to you.” I imagine myself drying God’s tears and lo and behold the presence of the Holy Spirit just floods my being, because God delights in our praises. Just as He feels hurt by rejection, He is also delighted by our praise, worship and thanksgiving.
Dear brothers and sisters, I hope this post just makes you take the time to just appreciate and acknowledge him even if it’s just for a minute. Let his praises be continually in your mouth, for our God loves to be praised and worshiped!