Read John 1:18, Jonah 4:2 and Matthew 5:29-30
Throughout the Old Testament you can find books that indeed show the love of God. Read the end of the book of Job. Look at the book of Ruth, Proverbs, and Psalms. But, at the same time, realize that mankind has been in rebellion to God since Adam and Eve. Mankind has to face the consequences of sin. We read in Hebrews 12:6
“For whom the Lord loves He disciplines and scourges every son whom He receives.”
Read now in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel:
“Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked rather than he should turn from his ways and live?”
Read this question again through those passages and still one more:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8
In the Old Testament, people were admonished to follow the Lord God with all their heart, soul, mind and spirit. We are taught in the New Testament to do the very same.
As we grow to be like Jesus, we will see more of His attributes in what we read of the Lord in the Old Testament. Our prayer today ought to be for God to open our eyes to the truth of His Word and not of our perceptions and ideas we have concerning it. The Bible is the only book in all of human history where, at any point in history, we can talk to the Author of it about it.
Throughout the Old Testament we read of God being declared to be “a compassionate God, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness”. In the New Testament, we see a more fully shown view of this in the sacrifice of Jesus for mankind. Jesus spoke of the Spirit being the Helper. The one to teach us all things. It would be through the Spirit in each of us that we have our perceptions of God and ourselves seen through different eyes, Spiritual eyes.
Pray each day for renewed understanding. We are told that God gives wisdom to all who would freely ask. Pray that our misconceptions of God would be either answered to or removed from our way of life, our way of thinking.
Lastly…note that our Father in Heaven is our Father. Kids don’t always do what they are told and, when that happens, discipline follows. That does not mean that we are loved any less because of it.