God feels, and if you ever doubt that, then among the loads of Biblical evidence to the affirmative you should consider, most of all, just look at Jesus. He is the visible image of the invisible God, and what we see in Jesus is a God who has a wide range of emotions. God the Son cried, was angry, expressed wild joyfulness, and felt deep compassion for the hurts and needs of people. Yes, God feels—and he feels quite deeply for you!
The Journey: Mark 8:2
I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.
Does God have feelings? Does he feel sadness, compassion or hurt for the things that make people cry? Does he ever feel happy and laugh at the funny things people do? Does he swell with pride, brag about his kids, delight when they come for a visit? Does he feel all these emotions over me?
I am on pretty sure Scriptural grounds in answering “yes” to the above questions. Yes, God feels, and among the loads of Biblical evidence to the affirmative, all you have to do is look at Jesus, the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15, NLT), to see that God has a wide range of emotions. God the Son cried, was angry, expressed wild joyfulness, and felt deep compassion for the hurts and needs of people. Yes, God is emotional. And we humans, who were made in the image of God, had to get our emotional capacity from somewhere; we came by it supernaturally.
In the story of Jesus feeding the 4,000, this outstanding miracle arose out of the concern and compassion the Lord had on the people who had been hanging around, listening to his teaching, waiting to be touched, hoping for a miracle, for three days. They were so hungry to encounter God that they had neglected their physical appetites. And since Jesus was about to send them home, he was worried that they would become faint along the way. So he arranged for one of the greatest impromptu lunches of all time, and the crowds left happy and full.
Jesus felt for them—he feels for you, too. So does his Father. And though you might think that is pretty common knowledge, in truth, that is not how most of the rest of the world sees it. You see, for most of our history, man has viewed the universe as dangerous and the gods as hostile. The gods didn’t care about humans and they certainly gave no thought to serving them—humans existed to serve and please the gods, not vice versa.
G.E. Lessing, an 18th century scholar from Germany said if he had one question to ask the gods, it would be, “Is this a friendly universe?” You can be certain that this universe is indeed a friendly, perfectly safe place for you because of your Father’s closeness, care and competence. Jesus said so, and he showed so! Both the Father and the Son teamed up to prove it. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:32,
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
If you ever wonder if Gods feels—either for you, or for the rest of the world—just take another look at that cross where the Father sacrificed his Son. You will never again doubt how much God feels for you. As R.A. Torrey said,
We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem so small to Him who sits on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love.
Now, doesn’t that make you feel better!