The Attributes of God: Wrath

Nahum 1:2–6 (ESV)
2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; he dries up all the rivers; Bashan and Carmel wither; the bloom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.

God’s wrath, or anger, is a subjects that we tend to shy away from. We prefer to speak of his love and mercy, but Scripture says much about his wrath. We are told that God keeps wrath for his enemies, to be poured out on sinners who have rebelled against their benevolent Creator. In fact, when we speak of being “saved”, it is the wrath of God that we must be saved from. One day, the Lord has promised that he will no longer restrain his anger and sinners will be judged with an eternal judgement.

We must not forget that the same God who has declared that he will one day pour out his wrath, is the same God who has provided a way of forgiveness for all who will receive it. God is Judge, but he is also the God of salvation. We have brought ourselves under condemnation by our rebellious actions. God has opened the doors of freedom by what he has done for us in sending his Son to take the wrath we deserve. Have you taken hold of this gift from God? Repent of your sins and trust in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

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