God Doesn’t Want Me Anymore
“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11
If you’ve ever thought God doesn’t want you anymore, you’re not alone. I am the first to admit I’ve had thoughts just like this one. That God surely is going to give up on me – or already has. That God can’t use someone like me. That God has forgiven me one too many times – or way too many times. Surely He’s done with me. That God has better people with better lives and better behavior and better obedience than mine and surely doesn’t want to waste His time with me. That there’s no way I can go back to God to plead for forgiveness given I’ve fallen again into the same sin I desperately want to leave behind once and for all. Surely I’m not alone. Am I?
Someone I know used to say, “I thought my sin outweighed God’s capacity to forgive me.”
No sin can outweigh God’s capacity to forgive us except the sin of not turning from our sins and believing Jesus is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin punishment and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways. Why does this sin of unbelief outweigh God’s capacity to forgive us? Not because God can’t forgive us. But because when we don’t turn from our sins and turn to God through faith in Christ, then we can’t receive from God the forgiveness He so much wants to give us!
One of my greatest struggles in ministry through the years has been believing I can’t possibly go forward in my ministry work when I’m so incredibly imperfect. When I struggle with sin day by day – just like the rest of us mind you!
Friend, it’s wrong to think God doesn’t want us anymore when we believe in Jesus as Lord, are doing our best to follow Him, and have struggles along the way. God does want us. He wants us in His forever fellowship – so much so that that’s why Jesus Christ died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead!
The devil wants to keep us from going to God when we need a fresh outpouring of God’s forgiveness and mercy. He wants us to stay in the darkness into which we have just fallen. He wants us to believe God won’t forgive us. That God doesn’t love us anymore.
But God wants us to turn away from our sins, not to turn away from Him! And when we do fall, He doesn’t want us to stay in our sins. He doesn’t want us to remain in the darkness. He wants us to come running to Him with true sorrow we’ve sinned against Him so we can seek and receive His forgiveness – and His strength and comfort as we learn how to faithfully follow Jesus day by day and to learn how to leave our sins behind.
If you’re struggling, friend, don’t believe the lie God doesn’t want you. What He wants is for us to have remorse we have sinned against Him and to come to Him so we can be washed clean through the blood Jesus shed on the cross for us and to keep going forward – following the Lord, day by day, and forever!
God wants us, He wants us in His fellowship, He wants to love us and be loved by us, and He wants us to walk in His ways as He grows us in His image and draws us ever closer to Himself.
Be encouraged, friend, if you’re struggling with sin. That’s the nature of humankind, isn’t it? But how we deal with it makes all the difference. We need to not stay in it. We need to run from it – and to run into the loving merciful forgiving glorious everlasting embrace of the Lord most high, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, God almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, hallelujah, AMEN!