Have you ever wondered why God gets angry? Or wondered why can’t He be tolerant and nice all the time?
Sometimes we think we’d like a god like that, a god who accepts everything we do, one who lets us behave as we please. Of course, that doesn’t sound so bad, providing everyone does good things. But what about the evil, the horrible, and the unthinkable? After all, there are bad people out there. I guess a “nice” god would have to be tolerant of them, too!
The Bible instructs us to “let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12.9).
If we are shocked and sickened by cruelty, brutality, and injustice, think how God must feel. He created us. His desire is for us to be happy and to enjoy the life He gave us. How do you think He must feel when He sees all the good and wonderful things of His creation twisted and perverted and ruined and turned into that which is corrupt and evil?
God gets angry because He hates sin. He hates sin because he loves people and He sees what sin does to people. He really doesn’t want to see us hurt, and sin hurts and destroys us. Like a loving and protective father, He wants only what is best for us.
Every radiant sunrise is a divine expression of optimism. In essence God says, “Here’s a new day, see what you can do with this one.” To be sure, He wants us to use the day productively. He created us all to live together in community, with a sense of harmony, cooperation, and good will. Life just works better when we all get along. God has graced us with a new year (Wow! Can you believe the second month of this new year is already half over!), and if it is His will, we shall have many new days ahead of us to work on those qualities that ennoble our lives and enrich the lives of others.
So He calls us to a consciousness of good and evil. He calls us to turn from evil and hold to the good. The Bible reminds us that,
“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him…the LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished” (Nahum 1.7, 3).