Some thoughts about “Getting on God’s nerves… frustrating Him”

Ever get a bit frustrated and weary with some of the behavior of your children? It may be something they do over-and-over-again that you’d like to see changed. Or it might be a recurring (and frustrating) pattern of speech or thought. Negative patterns of behavior, speech and thinking can begin to appear pretty early!
I remember my dad’s deep sigh (and his mumbling about my behavior in German)… I also remember my mother’s “How many times have I told you!”
Well I read something this morning during “coffee with the Lord” that reminded me that I can (and my hunch is… we all can) have patterns of behavior, speech and thought that create a similar “weary” response from out Heavenly Father! Now, I know He’s incredibly patient, but once in a while, I think as my mother would say, “we get on His nerves” (I know that’s a bad analogy, but I think you get the point).
This is what God said, to His covenant people in the Old Testament – those He had redeemed and delivered, making them His very own…
“You have wearied the Lord with your words… by saying, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them.’ (In other words, God doesn’t care what we do or how we live – in the end everyone is ok and he delights in them as His children… Grace covers it all) Or by asking, ‘Where is the God of justice?” (A way of complaining that God is unfair.) (From Malachi 2:17)
It’s a way of behaving, speaking and thinking that is VERY frustrating to God – it displeases Him!!! Believe me, I don’t want to be guilty of it! It does matter to God how I live! God’s grace should never be an excuse for living in sin (Romans 6:1-2, 15; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 2:16)! An ungrateful, complaining, thankless attitude also is displeasing to Him! I never want to be guilty of either pattern of behavior! I want to please the Lord, not “weary Him.”

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