I have heard others remark, “the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath and anger. A God of discipline.” However, when we give ourselves a chance to dig deep into the Scriptures of the Ancient of Days, Holy Spirit illuminates a God of compassion, of love and of goodness.
The blame cannot be put upon God. Once the fruit was eaten, free will had been exercised and sin entered the world. God in His lovingkindness, as a parent and through His prophets, told the Israelites exactly what would happen if they didn’t follow His commands and decrees. Yet, they continually chose the cycle of disobedience to God. They chose to wander off on their own, and as a result, they suffered many consequences.
Our hearts love to wander! And our hearts love to exercise their free will. In doing so, God allows us to be torn and wounded. And when we are ready to turn back toward him in confession and repentance, He also heals and binds up our wounds.
Precious One, I implore you to stay tethered to God daily. Even if you read one verse a day, it will soon blossom into two verses and then three verses and before long you will find yourself digging deep into the dense, rich soil of God’s love for you.
Fall into the tapestry of God’s love in the Old Testament and ask Holy Spirit to open your mind and your heart to His love, which remains alive in those ancient stories.
The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament, yesterday, today and for ever.