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The Best Parent of All Time
by Chris Gambrell
7/30/2014 / Relationships
All of man knows that anger is a pretentious beast that weaves itself into our very being and cleaves us from all life. Men of sin embrace its disdain as does God's elect, not because we openly choose anger, but because we all carry this mantle of sin.
There has been many things written on the subject of anger, and we as a whole know it is a deleterious one. Whether you are the offender, or the receiver of anger's sting every man will fall into those two categories, but in reality all are the offenders.
It is just to advise that all man must bridle their angers, for just as belief has faith, sin has anger. Many would argue that the emotion of anger is derived from pain, and that it is correctly so. Since the origin of sin, man has separated themselves from their home and themselves from their God leaving them with the pain of that detachment. Anger in itself is not a sin, but our sin will provoke us to misuse our anger to its gratification.
Some will contend that God has been depicted in His own Word as being angry. Firstly, man's anger is not comparable to that of God's. We lack the one ingredient that God does not, righteousness, and God lacks in one ingredient that would make His anger comparable to ours, sin.
Recalling Hebrews chapter 3 verses 7 11, God was provoked to anger by the Jews who disobeyed Him in the wilderness:
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart;they have not known my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.' "
God was also angry with the people who worshiped the beast, as described in Revelation chapter 19 verses 9 &10:
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
And Jesus, when healing a man on the Sabbath, was angry with the Jews who sought to falsely accuse Him of sin, as depicted in Mark chapter 3 verse 5:
And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man,"Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
God also provoked the Jews with anger, and turned them back to Him, as Romans chapter 10 verse 19 states:
But I ask did Israel not understand? First Moses says, "I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry."
It has always helped me in my thinking of this to recall the dynamics of parenting. Even as we grow up into adulthood we are never truly adults; we are the children of God. Moreover, as children, and as well as our own children, have engaged a parent's limits and boundaries. Many times, man will adjust and redefine their limits and boundaries in order to come to peace with the ones who violate, but as history has teaches, they merely seek the next limit to violate.
Still, as God's limits and boundaries cannot and will not be changed, we as man still rebel and plot to change them for our own gratification. It is like someone coming into your home and moving everything from its place because it suits them. As parents, when our children act in such ways, we tolerate them for a time, but when the boundaries become stressed a good parent will step in and discipline the child, not because of hatefulness,but because of love. Parents foreknow the danger that their child is embarking on, and as parents we know that our children having to live it for themselves is not necessary.
The same ultimately holds for God, He foreknew everything and knows all the dangers we face, and will face. He knew of sin, and its outcome; He also knew we would forfeit our freewill when we chose to usher sin into the world. Knowing and seeing He didn't choose to annihilate us as we truly deserve, but chose to sacrifice His own Son to reconcile our separation from him.
However, just as children test and stress the boundaries of their parents, man too abuses and distorts the ways of God. Throughout the old and the new testaments of His Word we witness many times God bestowing His grace upon His people. We also witness a great many times where His people would be caustic towards the requisite of His grace. Of course they are grateful and pay homage in the beginning, as a child does its mother from birth, but as time passes we grow in our sin and become more and more indignant towards what God asks of us.
God knew that we could never live up to his Grace just as He could never live within our sickness. So from the very beginning He set forth a work to reconcile us to Himself. It fascinates me to contemplate all the things scripture builds to. From the choosing of one man with the requisite to remain holy to the Son of man with the prerequisite to follow Him for the reconciliation to our God; God has been guiding man to a future event to which no sinful man can survive unless he is with Christ.
So no man should hold to the perception that God is cruel and that He takes from us so we cannot enjoy ourselves in life. It is truly what God is seeing in us, He sees the danger for which we are heading, He knows the outcome, and He is calling us all to redemption. Personally, that is what a true parent does.
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