Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wrapped in Anger

August 26: Lamentations 3:37-5:22

40 Let us test and examine our ways,and return to the Lord!
41 Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
42 “We have transgressed and rebelled,
and you have not forgiven.

43 “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
killing without pity;
44 you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
Lamentations 3:40-44

19 But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20 Why do you forget us forever,
why do you forsake us for so many days?
21 Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!
Renew our days as of old—
22 unless you have utterly rejected us,
and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
Lamentations 5:19-22

Wrapped in Anger

Is it true? Can there really come a time when God will not listen to us--a time when God will be wrapped in anger and will pursue us? The Israelites did not think so; they believed that because they were His chosen people He would never turn away from them.

It seems so obvious when we look over these Bible passages that the Israelites really deserved what happened to them. Do we do the same thing? Do we become so assured of God's love and faithfulness to us that we believe we could do anything and He would never forsake us?

It is a very fine line, is it not? We are assured of God's love and faithfulness to us as His children, but one must ask what kind of children we are if we have no qualms about leaving this God we love to go and serve the gods of the nations around us. That is really where the problem lies, is it not?

I do believe that God's love never fails, and that His faithfulness to His people will never end. The real question is not one of God's actions, but rather, one of our own actions! Are we truly Christians? Can a true believer turn aside and maliciously treat the Word of God as though the commandments are optional? Do we believe God must love us, even if we continually reject Him?

Works do not save us; only the blood of Christ is sufficient to pay the debts of our sins. However, as true believers we hate our sin and desire to do the things that are pleasing to Christ. Along with our salvation comes a nature that loves and desires to serve God completely.

What cold words are spoken by Jeremiah in chapter 5; not only was God wrapped in anger, but He also utterly rejected the people of Judah.

That should bring fear to our hearts. Matthew 10:28 (NKJV) tells us,

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

By God's grace examine your hearts this day; pray for God to strengthen you and deepen your love and faith in Him.

God Bless You,

Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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