“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma …” (Gen 8:20-21).
Many find it easy to believe God gets angry. Scripture tells of His burning wrath. You may take this truth and get into error by thinking, “Since God has wrath He must be easily offended and ticked off?” If so, you have seriously missed the character of God.
God takes no delight in the death of the wicked. (Eze 33:11)
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger. (Ps 103:8)
God is patient not wanting any to perish. (2 Peter 3:9)
Try on this thought: Our heavenly Father is pleaseable! It is fantastically stimulating to me to think that God is easy to please!
We take delight in our children’s tiny progresses. When our babies coordinate their mush to their mouths and speak their first words we are pleased. When they balance on their chubby little legs and take their first steps from the couch to the coffee table we are pleased. Is God the Father less loving of His children than we are of ours?
Our Heavenly Father is easily pleased when we:
Share a cup of water with a thirsty soul
Give a lost stranger directions
Tell someone of God’s love story
Yes, God does get angry, justly and reasonably. We should tremble and be in awe. But unlike human beings it takes a lot to get God angry! As we see the wrath of God poured out on sin and great calamities on earth don’t forget the true character of God. He is slow to anger and easily pleased! Don’t let your heart slander Him by believing otherwise.
“.find out what pleases the Lord ” (Ephesians 5:10).
Steven C Johnson