This is a word to the gentlemen…
NEVER tell a lady to calm down
You don’t value your life, then by all means go after it buddy.
I don’t know about you, but I can feel the anger of the Lord seething through these words against His own people who have stubbornly refused to repent from their sins as God uses a lot of “colorful” words to describe Judah.
When we hear and live by the fact that God is gracious and loving but not the other side of God who is also wrathful against sin, we develop into a culture that excuses too many things in the light of acceptance.
Now we must be loving and we must be gracious as He is but we must also be fiercely loyal in guarding our hearts and God’s by fiercely pursuing holiness. I was even reminded today that sin is not an abstract theory but that it is a reality that is birthed from our choice of not choosing God so therefore it does have real life consequences.
Sin has blinded the people that they said something to God that they should not have but have said it due to the fact that sin has messed up their ability to make wise decisions…
“Have you not just now called to me, ‘My father, you are the friend of my youth-will he be angry forever, will he be indignant to the end?’”
They just indirectly told God to calm down…they must have been thinking that God really can’t be that angry against them and doesn’t he remember that He is close with them? Closeness of relationship doesn’t excuse wrong action or behavior because that is taking advantage of the relationship!
Ladies and gentlemen, let us take a moment to soak in this stupidity and let it go because let’s all be real, we have done this at some point in our lives but we don’t want this to be norm in our lives.
A terrible effect of sin is when we justify it and excuse it. Sometimes we forget the anger that God has against sin. I think that in our hearts we try to domesticate God to be nice and gentle but forget He is wrathful against sin. There is a quote from a book called “Chronicles of Narnia” that describes the God type figure through a lion named Aslan as a being that is not safe but that He is good.
God is most definitely not safe but that He is good and since He is good, He will come hard against sin to protect His people even if it means to protect them from themselves.
Today let us return to Him! Let us remind ourselves of the dedication that we professed to Him! Let us turn our hearts and pray that God gives us a heart to know Him!