Do you love the wrath of God? That sounds like a somewhat deranged question, right? I mean, when was the last time you had a conversation about how beautiful God’s wrath is? I don’t think I’ve ever had that conversation.
Or when was the last time you sang a worship song that focused on the wrath of God? It’s not quite as catchy to sing about the furious wrath of God as it is to sing about the reckless love of God.
Have you ever read a book extolling the glorious virtues of the wrath of God? Survey says, “Probably not.” I certainly haven’t.
The simple truth is that we (myself included) don’t really like to talk about God’s wrath. It makes us moderately uncomfortable. It doesn’t jive well with our modern sensibilities. We prefer to talk about how God is loving, kind and merciful, all of which are gloriously true.
If you talk about God’s wrath on a regular basis, people start avoiding you at parties and giving you the distant side eye—the look that says, “Stay far away from this strange person.”
But it’s equally true that God is wrathful, and the wrath of God is just as glorious as his love and mercy.
Wait, what? The wrath of God is just as glorious and beautiful as God’s love?
Yes, it is. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but we should prize and treasure the wrath of God just as much as any other part of God’s character.
Here are three reasons why.
What Is God’s Wrath?
First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page regarding the wrath of God. Depending on your background, you may have all kinds of unhelpful preconceived notions that keep you from truly treasuring God’s wrath.
So what is God’s wrath?
The wrath of God is God’s holy, righteous, absolutely morally pure opposition to and punishment of unrighteousness.
God is not like a semi-unhinged guy with a hair-trigger temper. He doesn’t randomly lash out when something happens that he doesn’t like.
No, God is gloriously holy and righteous. His wrath flows out of his holiness, obliterating all wickedness and leaving righteousness and justice in its wake. The wrath of God is just as steadfast as the love of God.