Does God like us?

As our world is shaken around us, so many people walk around subconsciously thinking that God is either mad at us, doesn’t like us anymore, or in some way disapproves of us. Nothing could be further from the truth. Allow me to share a few Scriptures that will hopefully dissolve this notion.

There is a wonderful account of Jesus before, and, as the world was created that is often overlooked in Proverbs 8. It begins by talking about wisdom as calling from the hilltops and gates of the city. Then it quickly goes from talking about wisdom as just wisdom, to talking about wisdom as a person. It very clearly talks as if wisdom was God Himself. The New Testament echoes this in 1 Corinthians 1:24, “…Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Then in verse 22 it says, “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, from everlasting to everlasting I was anointed. When there were no depths, before the mountains were settled, when He established the heavens I was there. When He made firm the skies above, when He set for the seas its boundary, when He marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was beside Him as a master workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him. Rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men.”

The word delight means enjoyment and pleasure! Jesus was daily his Father’s delight, His Father’s joy, His Father’s pleasure. What a view of God we rarely hear about today. If we really caught hold on how much joy the Father had in His Son Jesus, we might get a fresh insight into the depth of love the Father then had and still has for us because He was willing to give up this Son in whom all His delight rested, for us – to have us in fellowship with Him with all our sins taken out of the way.

It’s verse 31 that really speaks to me. “Rejoicing in the world, His earth, and having my delight in the sons of men.” Jesus was so happy with God’s creation that He rejoiced in it. It’s His Father’s world, created by Him and Jesus loved it. And yet, His delight was in us – the sons and daughters of Adam. Jesus, the master workman could have only delighted, taken pleasure and enjoyment in, the created world and universe. But, His real delight and joy was in us! Even when sin tainted the world and mankind forever, Jesus still had all that delight for us. Psalm 18:19 states, “He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.”

There was joy in heaven over the sons of mankind that we usually don’t think of because we’re so focused on what we’re doing wrong. Remember John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son. Salvation through Christ was all the Father’s idea and His Son was joyful and delighted to do His Father’s will. Hebrews 12:2 says it this way: “…Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This joy set before Jesus is us! He delighted in us all along and had great joy in going to the cross to pay for our sin. It may not have looked like He was joyful having all our sins thrown upon Him, but He knew the joy was there in rescuing us from the kingdom of darkness and placing us into the kingdom of light.

God did not come because “He was obligated to” but because He delighted in us. He alone knew what salvation would bring to us. We had no idea at the time and a lot of us still don’t know all the things He died to give us. So, in this day and age when people more and more have a bad opinion of God and His character, know that His Word says He delights in us and loves us and had joy in saving us – and, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

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