No Angry God – Hope 103.2

No Angry God

Our view of God shapes everything else we believe or do. It's easy to project our own ideas onto God and assume he is that sort of God. And it is well known that our experiences of our parents can also shape our understanding of God.

By David ReayFriday 24 Aug 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Psalm 145:8-9

8          The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
                slow to anger and rich in love.

9          The Lord is good to all;

                he has compassion on all he has made. (NIV)

Our view of God shapes everything else we believe or do. If our view of God is distorted, all else is distorted. It is all too easy to pluck a Bible verse out of a book and think that it tells us all we need to know about God. It is also easy to project some of our own ideas onto God and assume he is that sort of God. And it is well known that our experiences of our parents can also shape our understanding of God.

The whole of Psalm 145 is a good corrective against this sort of thing. It describes his greatness, his holiness, his love. In our text today, we read that he is rich in love and generous in compassion. Quite unlike a picture, we may have of him: a deity just itching to hurl thunderbolts at us as we step out of line. A God who is rather fed up with us.

And yet he is described as slow to anger. True, he is rightly angry at anything which would dehumanise his loved creation. But anger is not his primary attitude. He is not an angry God whose anger is softened a bit by love. He is a loving God whose anger, when it comes, is not hatred of us or contempt of us.

This means we can serve God without being afraid of him, without seeing him as some unforgiving taskmaster. Sin has been dealt with on the cross. Hence we relate to him not as objects of his anger, but as grateful recipients of his lavish love.

Blessings
David Reay