The Wrath of God
Daily Bible Reading – Nahum 1-3; John 5
Today’s Key Passage – Nahum 1:1-6
The other day I was searching through the Netflix catalog of movies trying to find a movie to watch with my wife. As I was looking through the comedy titles, I saw a movie called I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. To be honest, I did not watch the movie and I do not really know anything about, so I am not going to say anything about the movie itself. The only reason I even bring it up is that when I saw the title of this movie it made me stop and think. See, sometimes we can all have an incorrect view of hell and an incorrect view of the wrath of God. It is a topic that many Christians today do not like to talk about. We think of God’s wrath as an “Old Testament thing” that does not really apply to us anymore. Many churches today shy away from preaching about the wrath of God because it is not exactly a popular topic. More often than not, we all like to focus on God’s love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness and forget about His wrath. When we do this, though, we end up with an incomplete picture of the true character of God.
God’s wrath is mentioned throughout the Bible. In fact, a quick search online reveals that there are more references in the Bible to the anger, fury, and wrath of God, than there are to His love and tenderness. Today’s key passage is a good example, as we read about His jealousy, vengeance, and wrath. (Vs. 2) Here is the simple truth – though most people do not like to talk about it, wrath is as much a part of God’s character as mercy. The problem is that many times we think of wrath in purely human terms. When man feels anger, jealousy, or vengeance their wrath typically stems from selfishness. The wrath of God is very different. God’s wrath has nothing to do with selfishness. His wrath comes from a righteous anger that is provoked only by our sins. Do not fall into the trap of discounting the wrath of God. It is true that He loves us. It is true that He forgives us by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. It is true that He has mercy on us. It is also true that every one of us will face Him someday, and those who reject Him here on earth and refuse His offer of salvation will face His wrath.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on August 3, 2013, in 34 - Nahum and tagged Anger, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.