Did you know it’s okay to get angry? To express your anger, frustrations, and disappointments? In Numbers we get a glimpse of God feeling these feelings … and He’s perfect. God gets angry, frustrated too …
… Just then the bright Glory of God appeared at the Tent of Meeting.
Every Israelite saw it. God said to Moses,
“How long will these people treat me like dirt?
How long refuse to trust me?
And with all these signs I’ve done among them!
I’ve had enough—I’m going to hit them with a plague and kill them.
But I’ll make you into a nation bigger and stronger than they ever were. –Numbers 14:10-12 (MSG)
Yet, His kindness is still present …
God, slow to get angry and huge in loyal love,
forgiving iniquity and rebellion and sin;
Still, never just whitewashing sin.
But extending the fallout of parents’ sins
to children into the third, even the fourth generation. –Numbers 14:18 (MSG)
As a parent, He doled out discipline when His children disobeyed, only after working with them to change their ways, their hearts, their direction. As a result of their constant whining and disobedience he decrees:
You scouted out the land for forty days;
your punishment will be a year for each day,
a forty-year sentence to serve for your sins
—a long schooling in my displeasure. –Numbers 14:34
One year for every day of disobedience. Pretty harsh punishment, but it worked; at least for a while as we’ll see. How would you like to be punished for one whole year for each sin you commit? How many times today did you swear or speak badly of another or not stop and help someone or whine about your circumstance.
Thank You God for the gift of Your Son. The one who saves us from all our sins, the one who keeps us from suffering such great earthly payments for the mistakes we make. Thank you God for being so patient with us, so kind, so huge in love. I pray Lord that we open our hearts to receive You so that we can give the same to others.