But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. ~ Psalm 86:15
During trying times, the topic of God’s wrath or anger often comes up in conversations. Sadly, some folks will attribute the pain and suffering of others to God’s anger towards them. God’s compassion towards humanity has been the source of countless contentious debates among theologians, religious leaders, scholars, and ordinary men and women for centuries. Nonetheless, Matthew 5:45 avows that …He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
God gets angry at sin (2 Kings 17:18; Romans 1:18). His anger is always under control, righteous, and just (Psalm 7:11; 2 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 5:6). But, the Bible is clear—in Jesus Christ—God’s anger is not directed at an individual (Isaiah 30:27-28; 1 John 1:9; Colossians 2:14). For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Hence, we must not equate God’s anger to our interpretation or understanding through human emotions and actions. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Scripture affirm that God’s wrath is satisfied in the love of Jesus Christ. This is the ultimate good news—Jesus Christ came into the world to save the sinner (1 Timothy 1:15) and thus, because of Christ, God rightly call sinners justified (Romans 3:26). Therefore, we must be careful not to confuse natural phenomena with God’s anger. In Romans 2, Paul reminds us that there will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil. Who among us is without sin? Apostle Paul inquired in his letter to the Romans that if we should continue in sin; we may receive God’s grace over and over (Romans 6:1-2). Yet, Paul exclaims, that by no means, should we continue in sin!
As Christians—in times of plenty and in times of scarce—we must share the ultimate good news—Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) and because of Christ, God rightly call sinners justified (Romans 3:26). So, as we endure this trying season on earth… know that whatever we need—God’s got it! Let us lift up those among us who struggle and send up intercessory prayer for those in need. For Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written…(Romans 8:35-39).
On this Palm Sunday, remember… But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God (Romans 5:8-9).
God bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.