Preparing for Sunday I read the following passage regarding God’s wrath. It is often an attribute that we choose to ignore, disbelieve or downplay for a variety of reasons, yet the Bible says more about God’s wrath than it does His love. A.W. Pink in his work, The Attributes of God, explains why we should meditate on the wrath of God instead of downplaying it.
The wrath of God is a perfection of the Divine character on which we need to meditate frequently. First that our hearts may be duly impressed by God’s destestation of sin. We are ever prone to regard sin lightly, to gloss over it’s hideousness, to make excuses for sin. But the more we study and ponder God’s abhorrence of sin and His frightful vengeance upon it, the more likely are we to realise its heinousness. Second, to beget a true fear in our souls for God. “Let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:28,29). We cannot serve Him “acceptably ” unless there is due “reverence” for His awful Majesty and “godly fear” of His righteous anger, and these are best promoted by frequently calling to mind that “our God is a consuming fire.” Third to draw out our soul in fervent praise (to Jesus Christ) for having delivered us from “the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10). Our readiness or our reluctancy to meditate upon the wrath of God becomes a sure test of how our hearts really stand affected towards Him.
So are you ready or reluctant?