“The LORD is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The LORD has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm. And the clouds are the dust of His feet.”
C.S. Lewis depicts Jesus in the Chronicles of Narnia as Aslan, a ferocious, yet gentle and compassionate lion. At times in the novels, he encourages the children who visit Narnia to come close and speak to him. At times, they even tousle his mane, but with great hesitancy, and for obvious reason. Aslan loves these children and they know that, but he is a giant lion!
The narrator explains in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, “ People who have not been in Narnia, sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time…When they tried to look at Aslan’s face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn’t look at him and went all trembly.” What a great picture of the majesty, beauty and terribleness of God. He is good, compassionate, royal, and mighty.
The book of Nahum, written to Ninevah and urging a repentance, speaks of the jealous, fiery nature of God amidst His goodness. The people of Ninevah had repented in the past when Jonah was sent. However, now years later, the people had returned to their gods and despicable practices. They had forgotten the terrifying greatness and goodness of the One, true God.
God is slow to anger. But when He is angry, with a righteous anger over sin and wrongdoing, it is a thing to be feared. I want to know God as my dear friend and that He is at my side. This mighty King. How wonderful that He uses us to spread His truth.
As a Christian, a seeker of the Truth, we know the True God. Not a God of our own making or a God we can wrap our minds around. He is a Judge; He is a King and He is Ferocious about His name and His righteousness.
When I enter into worship, I thank God for His goodness and His kindness that led me to repentance. However, I also stand in awe, and reverence to the Might and Power of God. That is why His grace is so amazing. He is perfect and holy and passionate about defending the weak and the pursuit of Him. Before Christ, I lived in opposition to righteousness. Yet, He forgave me still. He loves me and wants to know me still.
Stand and sing praise to Your God. Seek to know who He truly is. Mighty, and Gracious. Passionate, and the Prince of Peace.
May you know the Greatness of our God and love more each day.
*Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia Movie