“God is love,” yet many times we have the sense that He is angry (1 John 4:8). We base this upon our actions. If we do something great, we imagine God is happy. If we do something wrong, we imagine God filled with anger. The truth is that in the Word, God is described as a God of love. Yes, God is seen angry in the Bible, but that is not the definition of who God is. The Scriptures never define Him as a God of anger. Instead we see that, “God is love.”
For instance, the Bible describes God’s anger like the roaring of a lion. The Book of Proverbs says, “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.” (Proverbs 19:12).
There are two specific times when the Bible describes the roar of a lion. The first is the verse in Proverbs and the next is in 1 Peter. This reads, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) (NKJV). Notice how the Bible describes the devil as a roaring lion. God is the Lion of Judah, but the enemy is an imposter. He is only a pretender.
Now when the devil is described as a, “roaring lion.” This means that the he is trying to get us to think that God is angry with us. We do something wrong, the devil is quick to roar, “You’re not doing enough for God.” Or, “How can you call yourself a Christian after doing that?” These are all lies. He is the accuser of the brethren. He brings accusations against us.
The truth is that at the Cross, Christ absorbed all of God’s anger against you. Every sin you and I will ever commit has been paid for. Remember God’s favor is like the, “dew of the grass.” It is fresh everyday! If you believe in Christ, God is not mad at you. He is madly in love with you.