I know we aren’t supposed to ask that question but I am sure all of us have at some point. Sure, the Bible tells us that He loves us and we are told God is love but I can’t help but wonder if He likes me.
Face it. We all have people in our lives that, if they weren’t related to us or we didn’t have to work with them, we wouldn’t even be friends with them. They totally rub us the wrong way by just their mere presence. We might love some people because we’re supposed to but that doesn’t mean that we like them. Sometimes I wonder if God feels the same way about me. Yeah, He’s supposed to love me but sometimes I don’t feel like He likes me very much.
Sure, I know it’s not true but I’m human. I’m not one of those super-spiritual Christians going around talking in the King James Version language. Sadly, I have tried it before. I tried to be everything that the church expected me to be. I wanted to be super-spiritual but I failed at it – miserably. I wanted to be one that was so close to God that I could pray for the sick and they would be healed and all the other things I heard was happening to others but it didn’t happen for me. That’s not me. So does that mean that God doesn’t like me? I think it’s more like either God couldn’t trust me with those gifts or that it just wasn’t what he had for me.
Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to figure what God wants.
Yeah, I think He likes me. I just don’t think I’m one of his favorites but that’s okay with me.
Here’s some things that make us feel that God doesn’t like us:
- He doesn’t talk back to us. Well – not in the way we do with other people. I have always said that’s a huge thing because God doesn’t talk back to us.
- The world has billions of people in it, how can He even remotely know who I am? He does but my brain can’t comprehend it.
- I’m not perfect. That makes me feel that I can’t measure up but God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He’s not waiting to slam us when we do something wrong.
- When I hurt where is God? In the times I have hurt so badly physically and cried out to God, the pain only got worse and not better. I’m not hurting today so that’s something.
So are those reasons for me to give up? No. Just because I can’t explain it with a sound theological answer doesn’t mean I don’t believe God likes me. Am I foolish for believing? Perhaps.
The fact is however, I am not God. I can’t make God be or act the way I want Him to act. I suppose He has his reasons.
So what do I do to remind myself that God does like me?
- I remind myself of the things He has done for me. No, they aren’t many supernatural-type things that have happened but we can all count our blessings.
- Keep talking to God. There is no reason to stop talking although it is extremely difficult when you prayer and see absolutely no results.
- Listen to encouraging music. Just recently I found the song “Never Been A Moment” by Micah Tyler that encouraged me. Encouraging music energizes the soul.
- Read the Bible. Yep, still need to do this one. I know it sounds cliche but it’s something that we need to do to remind God of His promises toward us. Most of the time I listen to the Dramatized Audio Version of the Bible.
- Listen to good sermons. This one is a tough one. Good preachers are difficult to find who truly preach sound Biblical doctrine. I have a handful of podcasts that I listen to. I don’t want to hear any pimping for money or using their position for political agendas.
I know that God probably has those days He just shakes His head at me and wonders what’s going on. I just hope He will still like me regardless.