God said to Moses, “I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them.” Exodus 32:9-10
Max Lucado wrote in his book, “In the Grip of Grace” the difference betwen God’s anger and man’s anger. We get angry (ticked off) at people and things, and God gets angry at people who are disobedient, resulting in harming him or herself.
When we lived in a country neighborhood, I had a nice electric motor scooter rated up to 180 pounds. I’d ride it around the neighborhood, especially to cool off in the evening to. One day my husband took the scooter for a ride. He was a few pounds over weight for the machine and ended up crashing it.
When I came home, my scooter had big abrasions from gravel on the paint and a couple of dents. I looked at Glen with bloody knees and elbows and said, “My scooter! You wrecked my scooter!” Yes, I was angry with him. He had no business riding it in the first place and then he hurt himself, too.
This is an example of me playing God. I got over it and made sure he didn’t get an infection from the wound.
God, please don’t be angry with me when I play your role. Amen.