One to One: Day 25
By Tracey Armstrong
Psalms 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, his favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (NKJV)
Thank God that when He gets angry, He doesn’t go on a rampage. His anger has a little fire. His anger lasts for only a short moment; God’s desire is for us to receive His favor and His joy.
God only allows us to experience His anger in order to lead us to weeping. Weeping is a sign of repentance. The word “anger” is described as “flared nostrils.” God flares His nostrils in displeasure, not without reason, but because we have disobeyed Him in some way. But God is too good to let us stay in our sin or disobedience. Because He is good, He works to bring us back into His arms. It’s the goodness of God that draws us back to repentance. I have always interpreted that to mean that only good things can draw us to repentance, but that is not true. I love my sons, but if they are doing wrong things sometimes I have to show them that what they are doing is not benefiting them. Most of the time, taking them to Disneyland does not do this; sometimes restricting them from going to Disneyland does it. Am I then a bad father because I don’t reward their bad deeds with good things? Of course not! Then why do we think that God has to reward our deeds with good things?
How is God good? He is good by not allowing us to live below what is afforded to us. He brings us to weeping so that He can give us the favor of life. God wants to bring us to the delight of being alive. These are the same words that we studied yesterday. God wants us to delight in being alive. He wants us to have joy in the fact that we can live life to the fullest just like God designed for us to live it.
Weeping and repentance is short-lived, but the shouts of joy come with the dawning. It’s not just joy, but it’s shouts of joy. Have you ever shouted for joy? When does that happen? Only when you are so excited about something that you can no longer keep your composure. That’s what God desires; He wants you and me to experience the favor that lasts for the rest of our lives. God’s favor doesn’t end in the morning or simply last for a night. It lasts your entire life!
Father, I want to live in Your favor. I want to experience everything that You have for me. Show me anything that I need to be free from and I will sincerely repent of it.
Ask God to draw your closest unsaved friend to repentance and salvation.