November 7 Encounter

Keith Schubert
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Jesus promised us He would never leave us (Matt. 28:19-20).  That means He is present with you now.  Is your heart prepared to hear from Him?  Take a moment to prepare your heart to hear from Him then read the passage below. 

The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out…I am slow to anger…” 

— Exodus 34:6 

‘In Hebrew “slow to anger” is ‘erek apayim, and it literally means “long of nostrils”.  This Hebrew concept is taken from the fact that when somebody got angry, their nostrils tended to flare up. 

Have you ever noticed that?  So, in the Hebrew language, they would say someone who didn't “blow up” was “long in the nose” — meaning he or she was slow to anger. 

The meaning of this passage is, if you’re slow to anger, it’s not that you don’t have feelings of frustration but rather you don’t lose it and explode when you get worked up emotionally.  You have control over your feelings of frustration and anger and even rage.  So here’s the basic idea: you can make God mad, but you really have to work at it. In other words, Yahweh doesn’t have a temper.

 What do you sense your Heavenly Father speaking to you?  How is He calling you to respond? 

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