Read Psalm 86. Today, we are going to look at verse 15, which speaks about how God is slow to anger. When we consider the word “anger,” let us take into consideration that this word translates as “aph” and it’s referencing the type of anger that gets you into a huff— the kind that has you breathing heavy through your nose, ready to boil over and do things you will regret later. This is the anger we are speaking of, and this is what the Psalmist says that God is slow to have— the huffy, snorting through the nose, losing control, loud breathing anger.
The Bible says that is okay to be angry. Being angry isn’t a bad thing. God created emotions and anger is one of the many emotions we can face in life so there’s nothing wrong with being angry from time to time. Since we are made in His image, we too will get angry. Remember, even God gets angry. He is slow to anger. The Bible doesn’t say that He doesn’t get angry. The Bible doesn’t simply say it is okay to be angry either. In Ephesians 4:26-27, we read: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (ESV). This is where we have to be careful. If we let our anger overflow into sin, then we allow the devil to have a foothold in our life. This means that he has control of you because when you let your anger get the best of you and you sin, the devil has taken you away from what God has for you. He used your anger to work against your relationship with God.
Because God is God, and therefore just — as well as what today’s verse mentions, one with nurturing love, full of abounding grace and truth — He is slow to anger. He acts in love. He acts with grace. He acts in truth. As we looked at yesterday, He’s tender and gentle. He doesn’t get angry with someone and immediately send down a lightening bolt to execute His wrath. Yes, the Bible speaks of moments when the ground opens up and swallows people whole, when plagues are sent, when judgment was made and carried out; however, we never see God flying off of the handle. We cannot see any action of God in the Bible where we can say that He went too far, that He overreached, or lost His temper.
Today, take time to thank God for His love, His patience, His grace. Consider how you can be more like your heavenly Father— how you can be more slow to anger. If you have any issues right now that are difficult to navigate, pray that God will give you what is needed to respond with love and compassion. May we all be slow to anger. Amen!
“But Lord, Your nurturing love is tender and gentle. You are slow to get angry yet so swift to show Your faithful love. You are full of abounding grace and truth.” – Psalm 86:15 [TPT]