Is God proud of me?

I’m currently listening to the audiobook of The Shack. While I don’t theologically agree with the book, one of the ideas put forth is God being proud of the work we do, like a parent of any child would be.

I look at my kids. They bring me things they’ve made with that look of expectation on their face. Sometimes it’s just a rock, but they are beaming with pride either way. And it’s my love for them that makes me proud of what they do. I don’t necessarily care about the rock, but I love them so much that I have an interest in the rock and I’m proud of them for discovering it.

Is it the same way with God? Is he proud of the work we do? Does he look at the photos I make with the same feelings I have when my sons draw me pictures? Does he look at the things I write and create fondly because I created them with talent he’s given me? How different would our lives be if we looked at each project knowing we could please God if we do our best, even on the small things?

I can’t shake this thought and I’m in awe that God might be proud of the work I do.

I don’t really know the answer to all those questions, but I know if he is proud of what we do, he must have the universe’s largest refrigerator to hang it all on.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve always been amazed by Haggai 1:8, where the Lord tells Israel to go to the mountain and build the temple, “that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified.”

    The idea that the uncreated One takes pleasure in something men create astounds me.

  2. says

    Chad,
    I frequently have the same thought about if God is as proud of me as I am proud of my kids despite the fact that their “projects” are not always that impressive. I have learned so much about how God views me based on my relationship with my children. I always thought people said kids were a blessing because kids are cute and fun to be around. I have realized over the past eight years that kids are a blessing because they provide a window for us to see God’s love for us. Very nice post. Thank you.
    Amanda

  3. Johnny says

    I know this is an old post but it just helped me to realize something I’ve pondered for years… If pride is a sin then how is God proud of us?
    From what Lex and Amanda wrote (thank you) it help me to realize that God isn’t proud of us but rather he takes pleasure in us as Lex quoted in Haggai 1:8. We are all guilty of sometimes driving nicer cars than we need or buying jewellery that we can’t afford right? This may be a sense of pride however when our kids get excited about something they seemingly struggled so hard to achieve it makes us happy that they overcame that obstacle whatever it may be. On the other hand if my friend catches a fish, then I catch a bigger one I’m proud because I caught the biggest fish when really I should just be grateful I caught anything at all. God states over and over in the old testament that he wants us to depend on Him and have faith in him. If we can do these things it makes him happy just as it tickles me when my daughter’s happy just as I’m sad when she is sad rather than being happy when I’m feeling better than she is..hopefully this will never be the case but you dig right?.

  4. fmarquez77 says

    A song lyric that communicated, “God is proud of us” brought me to this site. I was opposed to that idea and didn’t believe it. I have to earn God’s pride don’t I? In the story of the prodigal son, it seems the Father was proud enough of his son to RUN out to embrace him, put a ring on him and throw a party. The prodigal son didn’t deserve it like the son who stayed at home to work. The son who stayed at home was even envious of his returning brother and how he was treated so well.

    It is interesting that a definition of proud is “feeling pleasurable satisfaction.” I appreciate Chad’s article and the eye opening remark by Lex.

    I came to the conclusion that perhaps “pride” is one of those things like a “knife” that is not “evil” but depends on how we use it. Pride can be used constructively or destructively. A pencil is not necessarily “evil” if it misspells and “good” if it spells correctly, it may depend on how the pencil is used by the writer. Likewise, “pride” that is God-centered rather than self-centered may be pride that is used in a good way. The dark side of pride is that it is often self-centered. So pride may be like that sharp knife that we need to handle with care or under the direction of our Father.

    If we feel pleasurable satisfaction with God or we feel proud of our Great God, that may be an indicator of where our treasure is and who we really love the most. It really “astounds” me to discover that God is proud of me not because I’ve done anything worthy of His affection but because I’m a born again Child of the Most High God. It just blows my mind that He loves me in a way that I cannot even begin to measure or understand. This may motivate us to seek His best cause His love wins our affection and draws us closer to the safety of His embrace. Most people may agree that that we work better under God’s love than we do fearing His wrath. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 The truth is we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 3:23 So why not run into His arms rather than run away? I’m open to the idea that our Loving, Heavenly Father is proud of His children. Yes, we may disappoint Him, but just like children, He will continue to discipline us as we grow and mature. I don’t know it all but it seems the uncreated one created each of His children in a unique way that makes Him proud of us. To me, this unfailing love means God is a Good Father. When I think about a smiling, Heavenly Father who is proud of us, I think about, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1

  5. fmarquez77 says

    http://www.believers.org/believe/bel147.htm

    After reading the above Bible texts, it is obvious that pride caused a great fall from heaven and the fall of mankind. There is some real danger and the knife of pride can cut very sharply. Humility and trust in God is the way that pleases God. Pride can be offensive to God. I’m still seeking God for understanding on this topic.

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