Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
Why do we think it strange that God, who is perfect and complete would grieve? Convoluted thinking at it’s best. Would it not rather be evident that perfection means God’s grief would be greater than ours simply because his “heart” is bigger? Perfection does not do away with God’s heart grieving, loving, forgiving, (He certainly does a good job with that one!) growing angry or any of the other traits and emotions that we feel in lesser degree. He is perfect in all his ways. When scripture foretold that Jesus would be a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”, it was making a statement that we often disregard. After all, he only suffered in life the things that we suffer. Not so; rather, his sorrow and grief were and are more than we can understand. He walked among men that were crushed by sin, tradition, brokenness and pain. He saw firsthand what had become of us after sin entered the picture. He knew from whence we had fallen, and what it would eventually take to remedy our awful plight. In his life, He verbally chastised the Scribes and Pharisees for keeping people in bondage to a false set of standards, while ignoring God’s command-plea in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Luke 10:27 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.
We are all guilty of grieving people we love. We are all guilty of grieving God. The people we love may or may not forgive. He always forgives. You may lose your way, become bitter over some life experience you felt He could have helped you avoid, but you can not make him go away. You can grieve his heart, but you cannot quench his love. So whats the point? We are sealed to to him forever. That is final and wonderful. We can still grieve him, He will still forgive. Would it make a difference if you realized that he longs for your love and intimacy, but is grieved by your attachment to this world and its false hope of personal affirmation, satisfaction or even validation? I call the “American dream” The American culture trap. We have so much stuff, but our preoccupation with it all keeps us at a comfortable distance from the lover of our souls. The scripture above says we can grieve him. Let’s put away the strange gods our souls long after and renew our hearts in his magnificent love.