Does God Get Angry?

8 May

Exodus 32:  While Moses was on the mountain getting the laws from God the people had a wild party and forgot God.

Lessons for Living Today:

Let’s consider today what makes us angry?  Angry_Bird_redThere are many different triggers for anger.  Some reasons may be because a person is: hurt, jealous, worried, rejected, or embarrassed. Since we’re made in the image of God I wonder if any of these anger triggers affect Him.  In this chapter of scripture we find that God is angry.  These people who He delivered from slavery in Egypt, opened the Red Sea for them to cross on dry ground, gave them manna and quail miraculously, and provided water out of a rock—have turned their back on Him.  He was hurt, jealous and felt rejected!

God felt like sending fire from heaven to destroy the whole lot.  Thankfully He thought twice before carrying out that edict.  We too will be wise if we think twice before we let our anger get out of control.  We are not a slave to our emotions!  The world suffers greatly because of unbridled anger.  And the training ground for controlling out emotions is the home.  God’s antidote for anger is forgiveness that flows from love.  Too often we bridle love and forgiveness and unbridle our anger.  Unbridled anger destroys relationships, communities, nations, and the world.

“Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.”  Ephesians 4:26, 27  Anger can produce good instead of evil.  Get angry at the things God gets angry about: things like injustice, cruelty, abuse, murder, stealing, lying, sexual sins, and the like.  Let’s focus our anger by getting involved and doing something to stop the evil that is pervading our world.  Overcome evil with good.

God’s Question: Will you get on board with Me in stopping evil?

God’s Promise: I will be with those who cling to Me.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for controlling Your anger at our world.

I am sorry I let my anger focus on such trivial things.

Thank You for Your Word that helps me focus my anger on evil.

Help me be Your hands and feet to intervene in the evil around me.

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