When was the last time you stood on your head? I used to be pretty good at it and able to do it most of my life. However, the last time I tried it…like 4 years ago in front of my entire family while on vacation…I fell over backward and into the shelving behind me on the wall. I was not only embarrassed, but something popped in my neck, and I feared severe damage. The next day it was fine. Lesson learned that before I try that again I need to practice!
The fun thing about standing on your head is the whole room looks upside down. People are walking on the ceiling, and everything dropped is falling up. This is why sometimes one might say that their world has turned upside down when things seem to be falling apart and what you thought you were sure of seems not to be true or right.
When being in a difficult period of life someone might even say…
My world has turned upside down!!!
And I can imagine that is the way a lot of us feel these days with the 3rd wave of Coronavirus spreading faster than the Delta strain. Just when it seemed some things were returning to a semblance of order we find the next variant of the virus called Omicron spreading twice as fast as Delta although it does not seem as deadly.
I think many of us have turned our thinking about God upside down. Some believe that God is angry and destructive. Even a casual reading of the Bible reveals the wrath of God. The first severe instance brings the flooding of the entire earth with water killing everyone and almost everything except Noah, his family, and two sexes of all the animals loaded into a homemade aircraft carrier.
So, here is the real question I want to ask…
Do you believe God is a God of Wrath or a God of Love?
I mean we could certainly make the case for both. There were times God told His people to kill all the inhabitants of the land they were overtaking. Sometimes He told them to spare the women and children…and sometimes He told the soldiers of Israel to kill them all and their livestock.
So, does God run Hot and then Cold? Does He have good days and bad? Certainly, there are people who want nothing to do with God because they believe He does not exist or if He does exist He is full of rage and anger towards the sinful actions of humanity. Or, on a smaller scale when the Ark of the Covenant was being returned to Israel and it looked like the cart carrying it was about to fall over…Uzzah steps in to keep the disaster from happening and God strikes him dead.
Now let’s bring it down to you and me. I believe that for many people…even Christian people…their view of God is upside down. Especially when one is a born-again believer and follower of Christ yet has become addicted to sex and porn…our perspective of God changes, and we see Him more as a God of wrath instead of a God of love. We fear him not in the sense of being in AWE of Him, but we are afraid of Him.
We fear He is angry at us for our repeated failures and if we do not somehow find a way to stop looking at porn then…we are toast. He is going to punish us for our repeated failures and may even remove us from being a member of His family…and we lose our salvation. We soon become convinced of these things and guess what?
Your view of God has turned upside down.
You are now believing what satan, the father of lies, wants you to believe so that you will be afraid of God and isolate yourself from not only Him but everyone else including your spouse, parents, and family members, and friends. And then instead of asking for help from those who love you the more you descend deeper into the darkness of sexual sin…creating more pain and suffering not only in your life but also in the lives of your loved ones.
So, what does God look like when things are turned right side up and we are dealing with truth instead of satan’s fake news? We remember that because of His great love for us the Son of God became a man to just give us some ideas of what God is like. He heals the sick, gives sight to the blind, and even raises people from the dead…including Himself.
He has drawn us to Himself, revealed to us that we are sinners, but are saved not by our works but because He is the God of Mercy and Grace. He takes the punishment for all our sins upon Himself on the cross and paid for our sins by dying in our place for our sins. He overcomes death for us so that even when we were lost in our sins and unable to change He seals us with His Holy Spirit as the guarantee of our inheritance in heaven.
And once our life ends here on this fallen world filled with disease, sin, and death we will enter His presence and will live in a perfect universe where there will never be any more sin, death, and pain and we will remain there for eternity.
And how does one turn their view of God right side up? Now, this may sound simple to you…but why should it be complicated? It begins with gratitude. Becoming a person who is thankful for who He is and all He has done and will do. To be determined to spend time with Him daily where you are solidifying to yourself the things that are true about Him, and you like what we learn in Ephesians 2:4-5…
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.”