Are you feeling like God is angry with you? Or have you been feeling condemned? Maybe you have done wrong and this is why, or maybe you have not yet trusted Jesus Christ to save you? Whatever the case, here is some great encouragement, to the truth of who God really is, because our feelings deceive us frequently if we are not careful-
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made.’”
So what do we need to learn here? God Almighty delights in/dwells with those who are brokenhearted over their sins. Those who are truly heartbroken and feel terrible for their wrongs, when they come to God and ask for forgiveness, He is quick to forgive and restore. God does not hold a grudge against such as these, those who are truly sorry and repentant for their sins, however, we also need to take heed to verse 11-
Isaiah 57:11b… (NKJV) “Is it not because I have held My peace from of old that you do not fear Me?”
In modern Christendom we have two main errors that our deceitful hearts err towards…
1- God is angry at us after we confess/repent for our sins and He then beats us down
2- God is like a carefree grandpa who “loves” us (counterfeit love) and does not pay much attention to our sinful activities
These are both wrong, and this is why it is essential that we are biblical, and take heed to these verses in Isaiah 57. God wants us to have the abundant life (John 10:10), but when we veer away from the truth of the Bible, we simultaneously veer into destruction of some form. God does not beat down those who are brokenhearted, and He does not overlook our sins just because we think He seems to when He is patient with us. Beware of living by your own deceitful heart, emotions, and opinions. God is good, but we cannot live in His goodness if we foolishly veer into our own philosophies and away from His Word. Learn to live in the true Fear of God and believe He forgives when you repent.