This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. 1 John 1:5 MSG
One of my “hot buttons” gets pushed whenever I hear someone say, “you need to forgive God!”
The Social Worker part of me understands the concept when people say that we need to forgive God. And I also know that the Lord does a lot of our healing through the times when we forgive others.
But here is the issue, if we are forgiving Him that inherently implies that we believe He has wronged us. And God “wronging us” goes against His Word and His Character.
Also, let’s be real. Who the heck am I to believe that I have any right or power to forgive God. I mean really thing about that for a minute. Who am I?
My suggestion is that we reframe this whole concept. I do understand that we, in our “human-ness” can get very hurt, angry, and/or offended when God seems to not be answering our prayers or we are going through horrible circumstances . (Think about Job). But what if, instead of us “forgiving God” we asked Him to forgive us for our wrong perceptions of the situation?
That can be kind of a bitter pill to swallow, I know. Especially, when you are in the thick of a crisis! But, step back for a moment. Think about God’s character. Everything written in the Bible tells us that God is love! That all good things come to us through Him. That there is no evil in Him. And that He turns all things to good for those who love Him.
So maybe the next time we get angry at God. (Which is fine. God can handle our anger!). Instead of thinking God has wronged us and that we need to forgive Him. Let’s humble ourselves and ask Him to forgive our misperceptions of Him and what He is doing in our circumstances. Ask Him to give us eyes to see all the hidden things He is doing in the background and in the midst of our trials.
Until next time, blessings and healing!