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Delighting in the Anger of God?
"Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the LORD and no longer served him, he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites. Judges 10:6-8
Ok, can I just tell you that I really would love to skip over the Lord became angry and sold them so they would be crushed and shattered part. Ugh! Seriously, who likes to think about the anger of God!? But unless we face the reality of God God's holiness, the cross is foolishness. Or how John Piper puts it, "We will never stand in awe of being loved by God until we reckon with the seriousness of our sin and the justice and wrath against us."
So here we see God, angry. Angry at idolatry, angry at sin. My anger is very different than God's. My anger is most often selfish, angry because I don't get my way or my expectations arnt met or I'm not treated the way I think I "deserve". Gods anger is experienced because the ultimate best is not happening but instead of simmering in his anger, He steps into His own anger to deal with it. He wrathed Himself on our behalf. And it's through His wrathing Himself that we have opportunity to experience life! Isn't it incredible that God's anger can lead to something so beautiful!
I am pretty sure I have never bragged about the anger of God before. But really, it's very appropriate because if God was unjust, what is there to brag about? So many of His other attributes would be nullified. If He wasn't just, how could He truly be loving (if He doesn't do what's in the best interest of others)? If He wasn't just, He would not be faithful, for faithfulness is willing to stick it out even when it's hard. Someone who is unjust would quit.
So, though it might be one of the hardest thing to actually adore God for, I praise You for Your anger God. Oh Lord, thank You for the cross! Thank You for taking Your wrath. Thank You for being just and the justifier! Thank You that when we submit our life to You and recieve Your forgiveness we are free from condemnation, free from Your wrath. What an undeserved gift!
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