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.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

All Wrath Is Not Equal

(Proverbs 19:12 KJV)  The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

“Wrath” (2197) is something we usually try to avoid.  It doesn’t matter the source.  We may laugh at it when it is someone else’s infant.  We may shake in our boots when it is our own teenager.  We may worry when the TSA agent starts to lose it.  It is not a time of comfort. 

Why does this type of anger worry us?  The definition has the sense of anger out of control.  This is not a slow burn.  This is not an I’ll-get-even-with-you moment.  This is an “off with their heads” moment.  There a several words translated “wrath.”  This is the least frequent that I could find in a quick look and it usually does not refer to God’s anger.

God’s anger is quieter in the short term but has a more solid foundation.  A king might lose it because you didn’t compliment his new gloves.  God is concerned about eternal issues.

So?  Maybe it is time to start being concerned about how God feels about your priorities rather than how you friends, spouse or boss feel. 

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