Friday, February 23, 2007

Where is the Wrath?

The wrath of God. Jonathon Edwards spoke about it. He made it sound like many people in his day were terrified of facing God without forgiveness. People would wail and cling to the pews in front of them, feeling that at any moment God might come for their life.

Why don't we fear God anymore? As Andrew Peterson would put it - we're like Mohawks on the Scaffold. We've been too close for too long. We don't even realize how high up we are when we walk with the Almighty. How long will it be before God exposes his wrath again?

Here's how Isaiah said it in Chapter 57...
11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared
that you have been false to me,
and have neither remembered me
nor pondered this in your hearts?
Is it not because I have long been silent
that you do not fear me?
Who are you so scared of that you've lied to the God of the Universe. What could exist that would bring more terror and awe than the Almighty? God says, it's because He has been silent. I really think that fits the American mindset. Do you remember how many people prayed after 911? Do you remember the congress singing "God Bless America" and they could have cared less if the ACLU was coming after them? For a moment we recaptured a semblance of fear and respect for God. What in the world will it take to bring it back?

Lord, please help me to enjoy your love, but to remember your wrath.

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