So what actually is this “PTSD?” It stands for, “PostTraumatic Stress Disorder” which is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/conflict, rape or any kind of abuse, who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. [Google] So in essence, anybody who has ever witnessed, experienced, or even participated in an event or activity, is a potential candidate for “PTSD.” It is potentially “Life Changing,” that traumatic event which you were involved in and suffered, which was unduly inflicted upon you, or which you even inflicted upon another. PTSD is usually associated with bad or nasty events, but I postulate, that “Good Things,” can stress you as well, well actually Un-Stress you, and helps you to forget those negative and nasty things. So does God suffer from PTSD?
Come on, give a whirl, how many things, often unsavory, do you dump upon God? Matthew 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” God sees the sparrows, big deal, but God “Numbers,” the hairs of your head, yep, that hair that just fell out was number-6,341, recorded in God’s Book, probably with date and time as well. Colossians 1:27b “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Romans 8:10-11 “And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” 2 Corinthians 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” So God was in Christ through his ministry, even Calvary, he saw his son brutalized and killed, so how much of a dent has that put in the loving heart of God our Father?
Matthew 8:16-17 “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses.” Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Dumped it all on the Heart of God.
Let us play with the last part of Isaiah, “and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Jesus has , and is, experiencing, watching, participating in the lives of all, pleading with Saint and Sinner alike, and in his books in Heaven, are carefully recorded everything you have ever said, thought, experienced and done, it is all there, so how much “PTSD” would somebody suffer, just by reading “Your Life’s Record?” Now let us go over the files of every person that has ever lived, and then the records of all those approximately 7 Billion currently living, and that is certainly tough reading is it not. Please do not let us try to drag God down to our level, God has a huge heart of love and compassion, so why do we inevitably pour grief and pain upon his heart, when he is continuously warning us away from these disasters. A Mothers heart can bear long with troubles and trials, and still smile through the experience, so we know that God will not crumble under the load, so why not bring him Joy and Happiness instead of grief and disaster? Remember God is watching over us all with love and compassion, crying in our pain and rejoicing in our victory and happiness.
James 5:4 “Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” Exodus 22:22-24 “Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.” Psalm 145:19-20 “He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” Jeremiah 14:10-12 “Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for [their] good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.” God is watching us, and hears our every cry, in joy or in pain, in celebration or in oppression, when we help others or harm them, God is watching us. Question; Do you want to sit with God, and to hear and to see all that goes on in every Nation? Would your Soul handle this? So why do we go out and inflict trials and hardship, gossip and pain, trauma and oppression on others, our heart does not like it, and God’s heart does not appreciate it either. One writer put it this way, there will come a time when we will have to face every word we spoke, every deed we have done, so how much should we omit to say and to do? Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.” Romans 14:11-13 “For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall in [his] brother’s way.” 1 Peter 4:5 “Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.” Let us swap from Sin to Salvation, and give God’s Heart some cheering. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Let us never anymore “Batter our Heavenly Father’s Heart,” by causing pain and grief, but that we will bring joy and happiness, cheer his heart as we live Holy Lives, and in looking out for those about us that need a helping hand, in this life, and in leading them to God. Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.” Let us ever Praise God, and no longer batter his loving heart.