Do you have a "Stop it!" God?
If you haven't ever watched this Comedy Central skit with Bob Newhart or you have in the past, enjoy it again and consider whether you think of God as a "Stop it!" God.
"Stop it" skit
I don't believe our God is that kind of "Counselor."
He doesn't listen and then gruffly just tell us to stop our sin. God the Father sent Jesus not only to die for our sins but to experience being human. Even though God created us, and that includes the Son's work, He hadn't experienced what it felt like to be human.
But Jesus came to earth as a human and He did experience the pain of our lives.
You know the following two important verses. Read them again in light of why He isn't a "Stop it!" God.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:14-15 ESV).
Then consider the next verse:
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (4:16 ESV).
It doesn't read: "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace so that God can tell us, 'Stop it!'"
Isn't that fabulous? A God who understands yet has the power to help us and eagerly desires for us to come to him to receive help.
The next time you feel condemned, know that God isn't saying, "Stop it!" He's saying, "Come to me confidently, without fear, my precious one who wears Jesus' robe of righteousness. I have the help you need."
Yes, God does want us to stop sinning, because that's best for us. But He's patient as He works in us. (Philippians 1:6).
Go to Him!