“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love… Joel 2:12-13
I love this passage. I am told this passage has sparked revival in people’s hearts. It certainly does mine. It did this morning, for example.
I was reminded that God is slow to anger.
He’s not on edge. He’s not grumpy. He’s not impatient like I am at times.
Human relationships may be like that. Sometimes we have the shortest tempers with people we love most.
All of us have days when due to stress, illness, worry…we are on edge….
…Sadly, others around us quickly know when we are having a bad day…
God is not like that…
God is gracious and merciful….he abounds in a steady, unchanging, unconditional love…
Today, maybe even for just a couple moments, I am reminded that I can take God all my burdens…He can handle them without fret, with complete patience, and without getting angry at my insufficiencies.
And best of all…He wants me too, because He cares.
Do you have a burden(s) you need to cast His way?