Delivery Status • Wrath of God
Brett Eberle | Production Director
What does it mean to be delivered from the wrath of God? I think to have an answer to that question we first have to understand what the wrath of God is. How do you understand something that you have never experienced? If you have read some of the devotions that I have previously written, then you know that I played football at Clarkston High School. One of the most important aspects of a football team is their playbook. If the opposing team were to get a hold of your playbook, they would know every move that you have ever made or will ever make in a game. That means you do not have to play the other team to experience and understand what they are going to do. The best part about God is that He handed us His playbook. The Bible is filled with examples of God’s wrath, and the reasons that it was poured out.
Romans 2:5 says that the wicked store up wrath for the day of God’s righteous judgment and it is because our hearts were hard. We should fear the wrath of God. Jeremiah 30:23 describes that wrath of God as a storm hurling down on the wicked. I do not know about you, but that scares me in ways that I cannot even describe. I have made mistakes, and I continue to make mistakes, and there are days that I flat out feel like I am a wicked person. Knowing that the wrath of God is hurled down terrifies me.
Just like any playbook you have to read the whole thing to understand the full game plan and the Bible is no different; if you stop halfway through you only see half of the plan. You have to finish the book to understand the most important part, that God’s wrath is satisfied with Christ.
Romans 3:26 says, “It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
What Jesus did for us is the game plan to which the whole playbook points. Because of what Jesus did, God’s wrath will not come hurling down on my wickedness and myself. Just because I know His wrath will not come hurling down, that does not mean that I do not respect and fear the power that God has. As important as it is that we fear God, it is just as important that our fear points us to gratitude for what Jesus did for us. We have been delivered from the wrath of God through Jesus. Celebrate what Jesus has done for us and never forget from what He has delivered us.