Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. Psalm 2:1-2
There are many in this world who would shake their fists at God. They’re angry. Before we become self-righteous about their anger at God, I think we need to take a close look at our house as well. Could it be that they look at us and see a lack of devotion to Christ and his teachings? Consider the areas that this might display itself.
- You talk glowingly about going to church and church events, but what comes out of your mouth the rest of the time is less than wholesome and pure.
- You badmouth the boss and co-workers.
- You complain about your spouse and your kids.
- Gentlemen, you make lewd jokes to your co-worker when the cute woman walks by your desk.
- Ladies, you criticize your husbands when all the other ladies are criticizing theirs.
- You spend and spend and spend just like your neighbors.
Now, the subject of this devotion is the world’s anger at God. I not-so-indirectly-accused many of us of acting and speaking in the same way that our “worldly” friends would. Before we move on to other reasons why they might be angry, I think it’s time for the believers to closely examine our own ways and ask ourselves one question: Are we being stumbling blocks in any way for our unsaved friends: speech, manners, actions, emotions, habits, etc?
Robert Boyd Munger wrote a short booklet a number of years ago entitled, “My Heart, Christ’s Home.” It’s still as pertinent today as when he wrote it.