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God is Wrathful
By Kent Brumbaugh
Monday, March 28, 2011


Scripture 
Nahum 1:3
"The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished."

Devotion
Do you ever feel like someone has done you wrong?  How does that make you feel and think?  Like you want revenge?  Retribution?  An eye for an eye?  Of course we can be pretty judgmental when someone has harmed us or someone close to us, but the Bible tells us not to be judgmental of others' sin when we have also committed sin.  Vengeance and retribution are for the Lord to enact, because he is pure and without sin.  God hates sin
because it is so completely opposed to his pure essence, and he pours out his wrath on his foes and enemies in a severe way.  Imagine being the object of this wrath.  If you can remember being a kid who was afraid to face your parents because you had done something wrong... then multiply this fear by 1,000 or 10,000 times!

"The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away" (Nahum 1:5).

Sounds harsh.  But thinking about God's anger toward sin shows us how the gift of Jesus Christ was such an awesome game changer.  Without Jesus, we would bear the wrath of God for our sins and it would not be a pretty sight.  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish by have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Prayer
Dear Lord, help us to recognize the pain and anger that we cause you with our sins.  May we have repentant hearts and may we truly receive and appreciate the gift of your Son, our Savior.  In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Other scripture references
Nah 1:2-8; Rom 2:5-11

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