God’s Anger

“God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation everyday.” (Psalm 7)

God can and does feel anger, but it is a righteous anger consistent with his righteous character. The Bible depicts God as a being who has emotions, but these emotions are under his control. If ever he becomes angry it is because he chooses to be. It is in this light that we should understand the biblical passages that describe him as being provoked by our sins. Being omniscient, he is not caught by surprise by them; nevertheless, he is genuinely provoked and his anger is genuine as well.

“If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword.” (Psalm 7)

The threat is real and should not be taken lightly. In 1 Kings ch. 16, because Baasha provoked the Lord God of Israel to anger with his idols, the Lord destroyed all his house (i.e., family) through the hand of Zimri, in accordance with what the Lord spoke by Jehu the prophet.

Do we take the Lord’s anger lightly? Do we provoke him to anger?

Lord, forgive us for the many times we have provoked you to anger. Help us to fear you with a holy fear. Amen.

Asa’s Heart

“Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true to the Lord all his days And he brought into the house of the Lord the sacred gifts of his father and his own sacred gifts, silver, and gold, and vessels.” (1 Kings 15:14-15, ESV)

God has given us a lot of gifts and talents. But do we offer these back to him? Do we bring these to his house? And if we don’t, why not? You have a wonderful singing voice. Do you sing for him? He has given you wealth way beyond what the average person earns. But do you financially support the ministries of your local church? Again, why not? In Asa’s case, because his heart was true to the Lord he brought gifts to the Lord’s house. That’s the key: the heart. As Jesus once said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Lord, please make my heart true to you, that I may bring gifts to your house.