Does God Get Sad?

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The story of Hosea provides a powerful window into the heart of God and how his heart breaks over our constant infidelity and wandering. While this story is symbolic of God’s relationship to Israel, it is nonetheless applicable to each and every child God has loved and desired intimacy with.

I believe God’s heart is saddened under the weight of our lack of faith and trust in his goodness. I believe he is disappointed that we chose not to see the love of his heart. And just as he lamented over Jerusalem in Luke 13:34, I think his heart is broken at how quickly we forget him to chase after another. So consider this; god wants to show us is that even though we whore after other things, even though we don’t trust him, even though we rage at him and blame him for our plight—just as the children of Israel did—he waits patiently for us, constantly showing us the mercy and compassion of his heart.

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  1. Scott says:

    Why do you feel God would ever be sad with his creation?


    “I believe God’s heart is saddened under the weight of our lack of faith and trust in his goodness. I believe he is disappointed that we chose not to see the love of his heart.”

    Just a quick question. What makes you think that the creator of the entire universe as well as everything in the realm of man’s reality that we currently exist in would even have the foggiest notion of being saddened?

    God made man exactly the way He originally planned it and looking in Isaiah 46:10 there is no doubt that God indeed has a perfect plan of perfection which is currently taking place:

    Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all [that’s everything] my pleasure:

    Notice what God had in mind when the creation first began. Paul knew very well the weak spirited condition of man:

    Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, NOT WILLINGLY, but by reason of him [That would be God} who hath subjected the same in hope………..

    Do you realize what these verses imply? No choosing BY MANKIND was taking place according to God’s statement when man was made worthless from the beginning, spiritually weak mind you. The definition of vanity translated from the Greek word mataiotes mat-ah-yot'-ace:

    inutility; figuratively, transientness; morally, depravity.

    Just the definition of the word vanity alone sums up the perfect condition of man from the very beginning up until this very day:


    1. the state or quality of being vain; excessive pride or conceit
    2. ostentation occasioned by ambition or pride
    3. an instance of being vain or something about which one is vain
    4. the state or quality of being valueless, futile, or unreal
    5. something that is worthless or useless

    But God gave man hope and also provided a Saviour from the foundation of the world:

    1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

    A second witness:

    Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

    God planned the weak spirited condition of man well before it even occurred and this was an intentional act on Gods part to place mankind into bondage:

    Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also SHALL BE delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God…. AMEN!

    Why did God make man such worthless weak spiritual creatures and exposed us all to evil as Paul claims?

    Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

    “Another Quote you made: “he waits patiently for us, constantly showing us the mercy and compassion of his heart”.

    God is not waiting on anyone in this creation of His and to even suggest such statements diminishes the sovereignty of God to the level of us carnal minded creatures. God waits on no one!

    Isa 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

    That’s a solid piece of scripture indicating God’s sovereignty whereas God also states that:

    (Ecc. 3:11) “He [God] has made everything [THAT’S EVERYTHING] FITTING in its season; However, He has put OBSCURITY IN THEIR HEART [Mankind]so that the man may NOT FIND OUT HIS [GOD’S] WORK, that which God[NOT MAN!] does from the beginning to the end.”

    And every single word that passes through the lips of our creator will come to pass:

    Eze 24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent [to sigh]; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.

    Sounds like Isaiah 46:11

    …….. yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

    Paul also goes on to describe this vanity that we weak spirited creatures suffer from :

    Rom 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Not one is understanding. Not one is seeking out God. All avoid Him: at the same time they were useless. Not one is doing kindness: there is not even one!

    God has never been surprised nor disappointed in mankind’s shortcomings. We were ALL created in bondage and a Saviour was provided from God from the foundation of the world. Sounds like all of God’s plans are right on schedule according to the scriptures.

    Who put the tree of knowledge that was desirable to look upon in the middle of the garden (Gen 2:9)?

    Who placed the serpent, that was the most subtle of creatures in the field, in this garden (Gen 3:1)?

    Why did God state that on the sixed day that everything was good (Gen 1:31)?

    Why did God make such an important statement after the fruit of the tree was eaten from?

    Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold!, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

    God’s plan according to scripture is right on schedule which had been declared from the end to the beginning:

    Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure……….

    Just saying, God does not harbor weak willed wishes for man’s actions or waiting patiently on the common man. Everything has been planned from the very beginning and God is not operating a damage control center from the throne room at this time.

    How could God possibly be sad or disappointed when making statements such as this:

    Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are REPUTED AS NOTHING: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

    God’s not disappointed with his own works, nor mankind’s works. It doesn’t fit in the scriptures.

    Just my .02 cents worth

    • Rita Schulte says:

      Scott Great verses. I was in no way trying to say God was saddened by his Creation. I said our lack of faith and trust in his GOODNESS. That’s way different. Of course God isn’t sad about creating us, he loves us with an everlasting love and one that isn’t conditional.Your right it doesn’t fit the scriptures. and, no nothing takes him off guard, but i do believe he isn’t happy about sin or evil. In Genesis it says God was sorry he made man as a result of his wickedness.I disagree, I think he is patient with us when we blow it or when we chose not to trust him, or better yet accept him. your taking the waiting thing way off from what i had in mind. Because he is a God of second chances, he waits patiently for us to recognize our sin (anger, pride, distrust) and is eager to demonstrate to us the love of his heart. that’s because he wants a relationship with us. here is what makes me think God is saddened: abortion, child trafficking, child molestation. there are plenty of verses that talk about God’s wrath over evil and injustice. tnx for your comments.

  2. That’s a beautiful truth to remember Rita and something I’m sure we all need to remind ourselves of at times. I also think that trusting God grows the more we know Him and the more we love Him.

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  3. Natalie says:

    Thank you for this. Here’s a song about the story of Hosea that really pierces my heart:

    May we be faithful to the lover of our souls and never wander!

    Blessings in Christ,

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