Intro: Is God allowed to get angry? Many people want to think about God as a benevolent Giver who loves all of creation unconditionally. Believers know He is a loving God; He is righteous in His judgment and in all of His ways. Yet, is God allowed to get angry?
Scripture tells us God is slow to get angry, but that He does get angry at sin and injustice (Ps 86:15). When humanity chooses to act wickedly, God get angry and will not allow evil to go unchecked (Ps 7:11). Frankly, Israel’s exodus from Egypt was an object lesson for the Egyptians about God’s anger against wickedness. When Israel was making the journey through the wilderness, suffering was an object lesson for the Israelites about God’s anger toward idolatry and disobedience. So, let’s remember the Truth and know if God gets angry, it is against the acts of sin, injustice, and evil. Therefore, wisdom leads us to understand the necessity of the “fear” or “respect” of the Lord’s authority.
In our passage today, the Apostle Paul reminds humanity we all deserve to experience God’s anger, because of our sin and rebellion against His Supreme authority. Human beings can do nothing to correct innate unrighteousness and sin. Being a “good” person or trying to keep the religious law will not stop God’s anger. Therefore, God sent His Son to pay (atone) for our sins so we could be reconciled to God (Ro 1:16-17). To accept Jesus is to accept His sacrifice for us; to pay for our sins with His life.
Those who live by faith in the redeeming work of the Son and follow Him into righteous living will be spared God’s anger in the future judgment facing the world. One day, wickedness and evil will be dealt with once and for all (Rev 20:7-15). So, if you have never done so, today is the day to ask Jesus to be your Savior. He will help each of us live as obedient children of our heavenly Father and, through the work of the Spirit, develop His holy character in us.
Romans 1:18-25 NLT God’s Anger at Sin
18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness [prevent the truth from being known]. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for sharing the Truth in our lesson today about your righteous anger. We need to understand your heart, so we can choose our future wisely. I pray for every person to know their value to you and your great gift of salvation found only in Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.