How easy it must be for some Christian to say I know the Ten Commandments, but can’t recall the first one. Which leads me to believe remembering the second commandment of which Jesus said “there is no other commandment greater than these,” presents a greater challenge. I have often said the first two make the other eight a piece of cake if you diligently make the effort to obey them. Christians around the globe are suffering because of anger towards God as mentioned in the earlier post. It is easy to become angered by a god that you cannot see when we practice anger on the neighbors we can see.
It is better for a person to hold their peace, and be, than to say they are a Christian and not be. My brothers and sisters let us do all things that become those who have the love of God living in them, that we may be His temples and children and He may be our dearly beloved Father. God will show Himself before our faces, by those things for which we justly love Him. We may not understand or agree with everything that God does, but we have no justification to become angry with Him. I assure you, He has done more for us by his grace and tender mercies than we deserve.
The afflicted Job had a perfect understanding of his relationship with God, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). An angry reaction to the work of God makes it difficult for a Christian to be humble and submit to the will of God. Especially, when we have conformed to this world and behave in a socially acceptable or expected way, and not a godly way. Too many Christians are “emotionally fragile” and prefer to go along to get along and end up getting it wrong. “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other” (Ecclesiastes 7:14). God does not take any pleasure in our discomfort and suffering of any kind.
God protects His righteous ones—always. The child of God need never fear any imagined or random chastisements from our Father, it does not happen. Yes, we are chastened—but it will never be random or vindictive. The last time God became angry with humanity He said to Noah, “Come into the ark because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1). Then He delivered Noah and his family from a flood that wiped out life on this earth. An excellent demonstration of how far God is willing to go to save His people from harm.
When you feel the stress of adversity, rest assured God goes above and beyond to protect us from the evil one who would destroy us. “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). The righteous right hand is Jesus, and God kept His covenant when He gave His only begotten Son for our salvation. Man has no power to help or hinder God, we need Him far more than He need us and anger does not contribute to a healthy relationship.
A right relationship is expressed as; “The Lord is my inheritance, therefore I will hope in Him” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Just as dew never falls on a stormy night, the dew of God’s grace and peace never falls on the angry and restless soul. God offers us so much including the freedom to choose whether we will embrace the blessing or reject it. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
- Lord, I Want to Be Like Noah – Genesis 7:1 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- Passion and Truth (lovemeanyway.wordpress.com)