Bible Verses of the Week
I “randomly” turned to Psalm 103 in my devotions yesterday, and it was full of quote-worthy verses. Here’s a passage that stood out to me:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. (v. 8)
Oddly enough, a few days ago, I read in Joel 2:
Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. (v. 13)
I like these verses because they are reminders of God’s attributes. In the midst of my pain, stress, and anxiety, I don’t feel a God who is any of these things. (Well, maybe the slow to anger part because I haven’t been smited yet.)
But God is gracious: I have three, going on four, part-time jobs in a down economy.
God is compassionate: I am earning money to pay bills and start a freelancing business.
God is slow to anger: In all the stupid ways I’ve disobeyed him and blasphemed, he still loves me.
God is abounding in lovingkindness: He has surrounded me with supportive friends and family.
God is relenting of evil: Oh, the punishment I deserve for being a rebellious child and having my heart set against him!
Satan has really set some attacks against me so that I destroy myself. But I am thankful that God’s truths are reiterated in different ways.