November 8 Encounter

Keith Schubert
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What thoughts are dominant in your mind right now?  What is distracting you?  Bring those to God now and ask Him to focus your heart to hear from you.

Psalm 7:11-12

To understand Yahweh’s anger/wrath, it’s necessary to start with a proper definition.  Why?  Because when we talk about anger, it can be very different from how Scripture defines it.  Here is one of my favorite definitions of God’s anger & wrath: “God’s wrath is his steady, unrelenting, unremitting, uncompromising antagonism to evil in all its forms and manifestations.” — John Stott

Yahweh is compassionate and gracious and slow to anger, but there comes a time when God says, “Enough is enough.  No more violence.  No more injustice.  No more killing and stealing and enslaving.  I’ve had it.”  The phrase used in Scripture to define these times is the “full measure of sin”.  It’s like God has a threshold.  When sin crosses a line, his anger finally comes awake like a sleeping giant and He puts a stop to it.

How does the definition of God’s wrath/anger above influence or even change your view of God?  What do you sense Him speaking to you right now?  How is He calling you to respond?

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