The Grieving God – Hope 103.2

The Grieving God

There was a notion going around some time ago about ‘victimless crimes’. It seems some things were legally criminal but in practice, no-one really got hurt. My sin may wound and affect others, but it is ultimately an offence against God

By David ReayWednesday 19 Sep 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Psalm 51:4

4          You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
                it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
            You have all the facts before you;
                whatever you decide about me is fair. (THE MESSAGE)

There was a notion going around some time ago about ‘victimless crimes’. It seems some things were legally criminal but in practice, no-one really got hurt. That seemed a bit dubious at the time. Even more dubious is the idea that there is ‘victimless sin’. As if we can argue that some sins we commit don’t really offend or hurt anyone else.

The Psalmist reminds us that all sins (self-centred thinking and speaking and acting) are against God. My sin may wound and affect others, but it is ultimately an offence against God. He is the one who has set the standards of conduct. He is the one who fashioned us with great care and loves us to the limit. So when we offend him, we have in fact thrown his love for us back in his face.

All sin matters because of this. Some may seem trivial and may not seem to have much actual effect on others. But the God who sees what and who we can truly be is deeply saddened by our failure to be who he wants us to be. This doesn’t mean he gives up on us or stops loving us. It means that the relationship is impaired.

The God who made us and loves us is not some impersonal deity managing the universe like a puppet master. He is irretrievably entangled with us. This God who is always ready to forgive is also always grieving over the mess we make of things. Sin matters.

Blessings
David Reay