St. Luke United Methodist Church
Monday, November 18, 2019
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 Isaiah 12:1b-2 says, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.”

     How often do we think, or hear about the anger of God? Someone brought this up in Sunday school last week and she made a good point. Some of us grew up in traditions where all we heard was how angry God was and how terrible we were. That message was unbalanced. 1 John 4:7 tells us that God is love. We also know that God is gracious and forgiving. However, we have to be careful that we do not forget that God gets angry. When the people of Israel turned away from God and did their own thing, God became angry and they were punished. God’s anger and punishment were the consequences of sin and rebellion. When they turned back to God, things started going their way again.   
      Yes, we believe in prevenient grace. That is, we know that God’s grace that reached out to us while we were yet sinners (Rom.5:8). But, if we choose disobedience and rebellion, we will know God’s anger in the consequences of selfish living.
     There is hope for sinners such as we. When we turn from sin, God’s wrath turns away as well. His comfort awaits to heal our weary and sin-sick souls. God longs to bring comfort, forgiveness, love, and peace. It is in God that we find strength and salvation through Jesus Christ. So, live accordingly and turn your hearts and lives over to God!

God Bless,

Pastor Don.