Sometimes, we might believe that we are the exception. Our struggles, our failures, our slip ups and our recurring sins will finally add up to be too much for God. We may see ourselves like we see other people who annoy us. We can put up with them on most days. But then comes that one time when we’re tired or worn down. We just don’t have enough patience to deal with them. So we snap. We let it all out. That’s the last straw. We won’t put up with it anymore.
Certainly, there are times when it’s valid to set boundaries or establish rules of engagement in difficult relationships. But sometimes, our irritation is more about us and our short temper or general impatience with people.
So, when it comes to God and us, we might conclude that He’s the same way. But look at what Jesus say in John 6:37: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
It’s easy to skip over this verse. It’s easy to minimize it. But notice it’s absolutes. ALL that Father gives me will come to me. “WHOEVER comes to me, I will NEVER cast out.”
John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress wrote a whole book on this verse. He talks about how we conclude that we must be the exception to Christ’s declaration here.
“No, wait”—we say, cautiously approaching Jesus—“you don’t understand. I’ve really messed up, in all kinds of ways.” I know, he responds.
“You know most of it, sure. Certainly more than what others see. But there’s perversity down inside me that is hidden from everyone.” I know it all.
“Well—the thing is, it isn’t just my past. It’s my present too.” I understand. “But I don’t know if I can break free of this any time soon.” That’s the only kind of person I’m here to help.
“The burden is heavy—and heavier all the time.” Then let me carry it.
“It’s too much to bear.” Not for me.
“You don’t get it. My offenses aren’t directed toward others. They’re against you.” Then I am the one most suited to forgive them.
“But the more of the ugliness in me you discover, the sooner you’ll get fed up with me.” Whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (Ortlund, Dane C.. Gentle and Lowly (pp. 63-64). Crossway. Kindle Edition).
He will never cast us out. Rest in His gentleness and love for you today.