Angry love?

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Kings 11-12

What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“The Lord was angry because his heart had turned away from the Lord.” (1 Kings 11:9)
In his wisdom and power, the Enemy found Solomon’s weakness… and exploited it.
Solomon gave in to women and detestable idol worship (including child sacrifice).
God wasn’t being petty or jealous, He was concerned for His people’s well-being.
Sometimes people depict God’s anger as violent and vengeful rage.
But we need to remember that God is – always is – love (1 John 4:8).
As a parent, I can relate to love that gets angry, but still remains full of love.
And think of all that God endures from us, His children… look at our world!?!
Love does not rule out anger, but it does rule out violent, vengeful rage.
God withdraws His support, and that is what leads to Solomon’s downfall.
Paul describes this as “giving us over” to the evil we prefer (see Romans 1:18-32).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” (John 3:16)
God not only “gives us over” to the sin we choose, He also gives over Himself to us.
God allows us to see the horror of our sin, that we might seek the wonder of mercy!
PRAYER
Lord, if we really knew the horror of sin, we would understand Your loving anger. Help us to appreciate how serious sin is without surrendering to it, so that we will surrender ourselves to Your love and mercy.

2 Comments

  1. Love God. Love others.
    God’s way is the only way to live. I always need to be intune with that. Today God needs to be first as He must be every day in my living for Jesus. He is the Potter and I am the clay. I need to be doing His will and not mine. I need to surrender all to Jesus.

    Have Thine own way, Lord,
    Have Thine own way;
    Hold o’er my being
    Absolute sway.
    Fill with Thy Spirit
    Till all shall see
    Christ only, always,
    Living in me.

  2. Solomon was smart and he knew better but that didn’t stop the rot. The rot festered and the consequences of disobedience led to the demise of the glory days of Israel. God even promises Jeroboam a blessing of continuance – but fails as well – and so the downward spiral continues. Yet God keeps a line alive according to his promises so that out of David’s line the Mosiah is born! I do must watch out for the rot in my life – and to confess it and walk humbly with my Lord!

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