God Is Lowly and Withholds His Anger to Love Us
Yesterday morning, my mom got mad at me because I wanted her to put me to sleep before she drew up my medicines for the next day. This anger was nothing new because my mom cannot be told to do anything. So, I said that she cannot always get mad at me like I am nothing and treat me badly.
Her reply was “I can get mad if I want”! Then, I remembered the chapter the verse of the day came from on June 29, 2019 – Psalm 138 – verse 6 “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off” (KJV). God wants us to have a lowly spirit so that we do not do things like my mom and hurt others, but control ourselves and love like He loves.
God made us in His image (Genesis 1:27) to live perfectly like Him (Genesis 2). (But of course, everyone knows that we cannot live perfectly because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of Good and Evil (Romans 5:12).) God gave us the breadth of His spirit (Genesis 2:7) to crown us a little lower than Himself (Psalm 8:5). But when we think that we can do whatever we want and hurt another one of God’s creatures if they do something that we do not like because God has given us His power, we defy the image of God.
In Psalm 138:6, it shows God’s value for a lowly spirit because that is how He loves! God’s love is so great that even when we do not love like Him and are different than Him, He loves us (1 John 4:19) because He values our differences (1 Corinthians 12:6). Even though God could easily obliterate us for being evil and not loving each like He loves us, but hating each other like in the story of Noah (Genesis 6:5-7), He chose to save us because He loves us (John 3:16-17) and give His Son as a sacrifice in our place (Hebrews 10:1-18). God always has to have balance and equality, which is why He does not like when the money changers tip scales in their favor (Exodus 21:23-25).
I know that the counterargument to this issue is that I was being controlling and violating God’s desire for free will. However, God says to help those in need and that the freedom we have should not be used to justify hurting others so that we can get what we want (Romans 6:1-2).
God only wants us not to be arrogant so that we do not hurt others in an attempt to get what we want and take away differences, but have a spirit of lowliness to love others and live peacefully like God does – the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).