© by Joyce C. Lock
God has moments of anger, as do we. However, some have misconceptions about His response. There's an unspoken law of consequences between the forces of good and evil, a result of being born into a sinful world.
In observing my daughter, as a very young child, whenever she was disobedient. If I didn't discipline, she'd suddenly become injured or some other mishap - as if God was punishing her (or, so I thought).
Once God gave me an example of how it really is.
Imagine yourself standing between the sidewalk & curb. Your hands are wrapped behind your back, tied to a tree. A car is coming, and your child runs into the street. You've no physical means of reaching that child.
Hearing the speeding car, first thoughts come faster than you can verbalize ... "No !!! The car will hurt you!"
You scream a plea with anything you think might cause that child to change their direction, before it is too late.
There are consequences for running out into the street! And, the parent is way beyond distraught even before the events occur . because they have a glimpse into the future.
That is how it is with God. Were it any other way, He'd have to take away our freedom of choice.
Imagine how He must sometimes feel watching His children run the wrong direction.
When the consequences come, and we didn't heed God's warning . God didn't do it to us. We did it to ourselves.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.