God is love. God is gracious. God is merciful.
But there is also the other side. God is angry with our sins, angry with our disobedience and with our hardened hearts. He is offended, He abhors all our fornications and sins, His wrath is dreadfully provoked by them. Yes, God is love and full of grace but we take lightly the truth that He is also our Righteous Judge - One who will surely return to judge both the living and the dead.
Time and time again He has invited the sinner to repent.
Ezekiel 14:6 “”…. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices.””
Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”
Do we expect God to justify His actions? He has every right to let the fire of hell consume the sinner. The sinner stands at the very brink, hanging by the thread of his life, between the fire of eternal hell and eternal salvation.
Joshua 7:15 “He who is caught with the devoted things (idols) shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him. He has violated the covenant of the LORD and has done a disgraceful thing in Israel.”
Are we disturbed by the wrath of God and the severity of God’s anger and punishment? Our problem is that we don’t think that sin or breaking God’s covenant are such big deals. We cannot understand Jesus when He tells us we should be willing to go to the extreme to avoid sin. (Matt 5:29-30)
Our reflection then is “We must not take the wrath of God lightly”. So, be careful then as to how we should tread our paths, lest we anger God. We will do well if we heed this instruction in Galatians 5:16 “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Elder Handson Fu