4 Sing to the LORD, you His faithful ones,
and praise His holy name.
5 For His anger lasts only a moment,
but His favor, a lifetime.
Weeping may spend the night,
but there is joy in the morning.
God is so wonderful. He works in wonderful ways (not mysterious). His ways make complete sense to Him. Just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean God is crazy with His planning.
I say that because, last Sunday at church Wesley was preaching about favor, and being favorites and having a favorite food, or friend, or whatever. He used these verses in his message. *Quick side bar: If you don’t have a daily reading plan, or are not studying something specific, do not think that when you flip through your bible all randomly that God is really giving you that answer. I have been doing these Psalm devotions for almost a month. Things have been coming up in my life and these Psalms seem to answer the same things that are happening. Coincidence? No. If you have stuff going on in your life, say money problems and you are looking for God to answer you, so you go to the Word about it… That is good. That is great. The Word is where we should go for all our answers. If you arbitrarily flip through you might perhaps land on Isaiah 55:1, which says,”Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost!” You could think one of two things…”Someone is going to give me all the food i need” or the worse, “I should just take the food I need.” Don’t flip randomly and think that God is talking to you. Does He ever talk to you when you flip randomly? Yes, He can. But He wants you to spend more time in His word that just when you’ve run into a bump in the road and need roadside assistance. He’ll talk to you more through His word when you’ve got a daily reading plan. Ok, so anyway, back to the Psalms.
This Psalm 30 came up and Wesley talked about God having as many favorites as He wants…because He’s God. He can do that. We are all God’s favorites. If we do something wrong, yes, He will be angry with us. But He doesn’t stay angry for eternity.
When I was 4 years old I got mad at my mother. I was going to “show her” so I cut up my brand-new-pretty-purple-Easter dress with a pair of scissors. She walked in, scissors still in my hand, and her eyes got biiig. She worked at Covington Needlework’s – a place that made little girl clothes for places like Walmart and Fred’s. She never bought me clothes. She couldn’t afford to. And now, little Andrea decides to take a pair of scissors and cut up the first dress her mother bought for her in probably a year and a half. Needless to say, Mom was mad.
A few years later, she passed away with cancer. The last thing she ever told me was, “I love you.” I believe her. She was angry at me for a little while for cutting up my brand-new-pretty-purple Easter dress. Overall, that had no effect on her love towards me.
What I did was a pretty horrible thing. But translate that into the horrible things we do to one another (not just a brand-new-pretty-purple-Easter dress). This hurts God just like it hurt my mom when she walked in and saw that little dress with the bottom cut off. She went out of her way to get me that dress. God went out of the way to send Jesus for us. My mom worked hard to get that dress for me. Jesus went through a lot do die for us as well. My mother spanked me because I really deserved it. God will discipline you when you deserve it. My mother loved me even the hour she died. My savior loved me the hour He died. He still loves me today.
Jesus loves you so much. Even when you cut up the brand-new-pretty-purple-Easter dress (or destroy anything He gives you) that He works so hard to give you. Think about His love today. Think about His favor.