Is God bipolar?
Pastor Mark Jeske

Do you have any friends or loved ones who have been diagnosed as bipolar? This is serious business. The severe mood swings that characterize this form of mental illness can do a lot of damage. The individuals cannot manage their manic and depressive episodes and usually need therapy and mood stabilizer drugs.

Does it seem as though God swings back and forth between two different personas? The prophet Nahum described what God is like in these words: “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:2,7). He is indeed a God of wrath and a God of mercy, but that doesn’t make him bipolar.

He is in complete control of his actions, applying judgment and forgiveness always at the appropriate times and to the appropriate people. Those who have joined Satan’s evil rebellion will reap the punishments promised for the devil, but those who repent and trust in their Savior will receive mercy. Believers find that God is filled with goodness, a safe place and refuge in times of trouble, and a steady provider and caregiver.

God himself once described himself to Moses in this way: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love . . . forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished” (Exodus 34:6,7).

That’s not a disorder. That’s just how he is. Can you accept that?


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