Psalm 30:5 — For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (NIV).
Up to this point in our story, God had shown Himself to be holy and faithful. He was committed to Israel. Even though they were unfaithful numerous times, God remained faithful to them. The Israelites knew Him to be gracious and patient. He was a God who provided and cared for them. He was slow to anger, and He chose Moses to represent Him to the people.
The Bible says Moses did not trust God and dishonored Him in front of the assembly. Moses was disobedient and brought discredit to the integrity of God right in front of His people. What a poor demonstration of God’s character!
When we act out in anger and frustration, we are misrepresenting God to those around us. I don’t want to think about how many times I have let my frustration get the best of me in front of others, my family included. Unfortunately, our families and those closest to us often see the worst side of us.
I hate to think about how many times I have ruined my witness because I lost my cool. Somebody is always watching. Our actions and reactions are a testimony to those who surround us. And when you’re a Christian, you represent Jesus Christ. Our lives are meant to be a reflection of who He is. When I came to this realization, I began to act and respond differently to people and circumstances.
I challenge you to change the way you view yourself. A lot of people live their lives as if they have a small circle of influence and their actions do not affect many people. You need to begin seeing yourself as God’s representative, and you must understand that your response to adversity makes a great impact on those around you. A lot of people have a distorted image of who God is, so it is time for us to paint a better picture.
Proverbs 29:11 — A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back (NASB).
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