An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wrath Deflected

(Proverbs 24:18 KJV)  Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

There is an interesting twist here.  Our rejoicing in unrighteousness can cause God to “turn away” (7725) His “anger” (639) from those He is punishing.  God will spare others to trim down our pride and arrogance. 

Face it.  Isn’t there a little bit of satisfaction in seeing someone get what they have coming?  Have you ever had that little sense of rightness in your heart when the guy who cut you off in traffic gets pulled over.  He did deserve it, granted, but don’t gloat in it.

God is super concerned about our attitudes and the fact that we should love and forgive.  Maybe if we were more loving, God would discipline the rebels more.

So?  Yes, it is time for another attitude check.  Want the best for people even if they have wronged you. 


buttermilk80 said...

I drive big truck and see people do weird and foolish things every day. At first, when I began to obey the law myself, I would look forward to them getting a ticket. Now I have been taught the proper response by God. "Lord, please let them get away with it one more time. Let no one get hurt. And, please, if they are to be caught, don't let it be in a place where I can see it."

A lesson well learned. Pride is a cancer that has no healing technique but denial of food.

Pumice said...

I like that response. It changes our focus and makes us better tools of God's grace.

Good to hear from you again. I will check and see if you are back under the old handle.

Grace and peace.