The Lesser Known Wrath

September 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm (Devotional, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , )

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” – Romans 1:18

(PREFACE: People don’t often speak of the wrath of God, but it is in the Bible and ought to be spoken of. However, in this writing I am simply highlighting that in every occurrence in your life – even wrath – God is drawing you to Himself.)

This wrath that is revealed by God in this passage, if I understand it correctly, is quite interesting and not at all what our perceived understanding of “wrath” tells us it should be. Knowing Romans chapter 1, God’s wrath isn’t always a fire, earthquake, physical devastation, opening-the-ground-up-and-swallowing-the-sinful kind of wrath – it can be something much worse.

The wrath of God spoken of here is simply God letting us go do what we want. Verse 24 says that God “gave them up” to their sinful desires. Sometimes God’s wrath disrupts subatomic particles in His intensity. But in other instances, it’s somewhat more passive. Sometimes it’s Him finally just opening His hand, letting us go and saying, “Fine. Walk in your desires.” This chapter always disturbs me because it brings to me the idea of God struggling with sinners and then after a certain point…ceasing the active struggle for the soul.

And here we stand by our own strength today: Broken. Filthy. Foolish. Defiant. Prideful. Self-centered. Astray.

The silent wrath of God is far more terrifying to me because it signifies that humanity is collectively building towards a greater wrath to come, for there will reach a point when it will be impossible for God to remain silent any longer. Until that day, His silent wrath as well as His more obvious wrath is yet a plea for us to turn from our own paths and follow Him. There will be a day when it will be too late to turn back. Too late to accept His offer of salvation.

Some people He calls gently and some He beckons with a terrifying storm. Regardless, He calls to all of humanity and cries out, “Seek the Lord while He may yet be found; call upon Him while He is near.” – Isaiah 55:6

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