Conflict in relationships is something that is bound to happen no matter how much we try to avoid the same. As sociologists would say, conflict is part of group dynamics. People are different and unique and react differently when they are offended by others. Whereas there are people who value relationship and would go out of their way to seek reconciliations when they are offended, there are those who believe in settling scores to make things even. Since human relationships is the primary form of relationships we know,the challenge is to bring the standards we use when relating with others to our relationship with God. The Scriptures describes God as a Father who is slow to anger and abounding in love. Many times we fall into the temptation of thinking that we have offended God so much to help us or even answer our prayers. The scriptural account of the Israelites in the wilderness is a classic example of what it means that God is slow to anger. Despite the many times the people provoked God and the many times He punished them, at no time did God take away his provision of manna from them. God never removed the cloud covering or the pillar of fire that guided them. Doing so would be to hit them below the belt and in his faithfulness, He never did it. We are going through a difficult phase in life occasioned by the Corona Virus. It’s possible for us to think that God is angry with us beyond measure. But I would wish to remind us that Gods mercy always triumphs over his judgement. God is still loving and kind. His anger may flare for a moment but with everlasting kindness He will always draw us to himself. Where could we do better to focus on God’s love as opposed to his anger? Where is God using this pandemic as an invitation for us to see his love and grace? Where are you afraid to cry to God or pray because you think He is angry? God does not treat us as our sins deserve and even in the worst of cases He never strikes below the belt. When you don’t know where to run to in times of his anger, just run to him!
““Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.”
Nehemiah 9:19 NIV
Last modified: May 31, 2020