Do we serve an angry God?
Posted: Wednesday, August 30
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Verse of the day:
“Listen to me, you who have understanding. Everyone knows that God doesn’t sin! The Almighty can do no wrong. He repays people according to their deeds. He treats people as they deserve.” (Job 34:10-11)
Why do we go through bad things? Is God angry with us? Is he punishing us? Have you ever wondered what you did to God to get Him so mad at you that you are going through the trial you are facing? I have. For a lot of my life I have viewed God as an angry God- as a God who would be quick to strike me down if I messed up. As a kid I always made sure to pray and ask for forgiveness before getting on a plane just in case God should choose to punish my sin with making the plane go down.
As we read through the conversations between Job and his friends during his time of suffering it’s obvious that Job’s friends believe in an angry God- a God who is waiting with lightning bolts to strike you when you sin. Are they right? Do we serve an angry God?
The answer is yes and no. God does get angry but that is not His primary characteristic. God’s primary characteristic is love. God is love. 1 John 4:8-10 “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” As you read through the entire book of Job you can see the backstory that God was not angry with Job. Job’s sin was not the cause of his circumstances. His friends had it wrong and often we get it wrong too. Our sin does have consequences but if we are facing Godly correction it is out of love not anger. Proverbs 3:12 “For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.”