God’s overwhelming, glorious love for his people never changes, and his wrath against sin never changes as well. Both love and wrath are part of God’s immutable character.
1. The Wrath of God Means Justice Will Be Done
In its current state, the world is horribly, staggeringly, incredibly unjust. Every day, injustices occur by the millions. People sin against each other in horrific ways with seemingly little or no consequences.
Women and children are victimized by powerful men. Spiritual abusers take advantage of innocent, naive Christians. Young men and women die of drug overdoses while drug dealers keep getting richer. Doctors perform abortions by the thousands. Parents mistreat and even abuse their kids. Elderly individuals die of neglect.
Injustice. Is. Everywhere.
Heartbreak is rife.
Evil presses in all around us.
And if we didn’t know any better, we wouldn’t have any reason to believe that justice would ever be done.
This is exactly what Asaph experienced in Psalm 73. When he saw the prosperity of the wicked, he despaired.
Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence (Psalm 73:12-13)
When Asaph surveyed the state of affairs, it seemed to him that the wicked always prospered, often at the expense of the righteous. However, when Asaph considered the end of the wicked, his perspective shifted. He knew that the wrath of God would soon fall upon the wicked. He knew that justice would be done and that righteousness would carry the day.
Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! (Psalm 73:18-19)
God’s wrath is a beautiful thing because it means that justice will be fully executed. Eventually, either in this life or the next, the wrath of God will be poured out on every form of injustice and wickedness and ungodliness. No sin will be left unpunished, no wicked deed ignored.
There is, indeed, justice for the oppressed and abused and downtrodden.
If you have been grievously sinned against, the wrath of God should be a great comfort to you. Hear these sweet words: God is just and vengeance belongs to him.
Even if you don’t receive justice in this life, the wrath of God ensures that you will receive justice.
The wrath of God is a sweet, beautiful thing because it means that no sin will go unpunished and justice will be fully served.
2. God’s Wrath Means Satan Will Be Destroyed
Satan is the great enemy of God, standing in defiant opposition to all that is good in the world. In the Garden of Eden, he tempted Eve in an effort to ruin everything good that God created.
Now he prowls about the earth, inciting men and women to do all forms of horrendous evil. Satan delights in wickedness and does everything in his power to spread wickedness throughout the earth.
He also seeks to ruin Christians, tempting us to plunge into sin and abandon the God who loves us so deeply.
But because God is wrath, a day is coming when Satan will be destroyed. Satan will not always wreak havoc upon God’s good creation. The time is coming when Jesus will crush Satan, ending his rule and reign.