We like to forget about God’s wrath. It’s not an attractive feature to us. It’s not a characteristic or event that we look forward to experiencing. So we tend not to think about wrath. We tend to ignore the consequence of our sin. We tend to pretend… that God won’t really do anything about what we do wrong.
But the ignorance of God’s anger is the neglect of fear. And not fearing God leads to being isolated and removed from him. A life marked by God’s Spirit can’t ignore the devastation of sin. We must admit how small we are in the presence of God… and how unholy we are. Only then will our hearts be ready for his forgiveness, for his mercy, for his Redeemer. Only when we are honest, only when we are remembering, can we accept that God’s wrath be poured out on Jesus. It’s humbling. Terribly humbling. If we forget about God’s wrath… then we forget about the Savior.
Psalm 90 sings about these concepts:
Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!
Before the mountains were created,
before you made the earth and the world,
you are God,
without beginning or end
You turn people back to dust, saying "Return to dust!"
For you, a thousand years are as yesterday!
They are like a few hours!
You sweep people away like dreams that disappear
or like grass that springs up in the morning.
In the morning it blooms and flourishes,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
We wither beneath your anger;
we are overwhelmed by your fury.
You spread out our sins before you-
our secret sins- and you see them all.
We live our lives beneath your wrath.
We end our lives with a groan.
Seventy years are given to us!
Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;
soon they disappear, and we are gone.
Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
Teach us to make the most of our time,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
O Lord, come back to us!
How long will you delay?
Take pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
Let us see your miracles again;
let our children see your glory at work.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful,
Yes, make our efforts successful.
Psalm 90, New Living Translation.