The Final Answer of God… Grapes of Wrath

Wrath of God

Wrath of God (Photo credit: omniparticles)

Why must our nations busy themselves with tumultuous folly and divisive arrogance? Will we proudly defy the very Word of God? Will we shake ourselves free from His laws and cast it far from us? If we think so…

He who sits in the heavens laughs, He scoffs at us. He will speak in anger that brings terror and fury, “I have installed My King!”

To this King, He declares, “You are My Son! Today I have begotten You! To You, all of the nations belong… break them with a rod of iron! Shatter them like a clay pot!”

We would be wise to take warning, to show discernment, to worship the Lord with reverence, to rejoice with trembling. Let us “Kiss the Son,” lest He become angry, and we perish in the way… for His wrath may soon be kindled.

How blessed are we who take our refuge in Him! ~ Psalm 2

How can a nation know whether it is or is not under the wrathful judgment of God? Do we count the number of catastrophic events over a certain period of time and compare it to others? Or maybe we just ignore passages like Psalm 2 and pretend that God isn’t saying to Jesus what is obviously being said?

According to Paul, when we suppress the truth of God, there is only one response from the Almighty, and it will always be His wrath (Romans 1:18). So if we truly desire to know whether a nation is under God’s wrath, we need only look for the evidences of Paul’s accompanying verses.

When God’s wrath is spilled out upon a people, they are granted simply what they desired and given to their own lustful hearts. In other words, God takes a step rearward, and the people run headlong into their sin (Romans 1:24).

What are these sins we are to look for to know when His wrath is being poured out? First, we exchange our worship of Him for the things He created. After having fallen to our knees in worship of bank accounts, power, and possessions, in His merciful grace He gives us another evidence to look for…

“He gave them up for degrading passions… women with women, men with men! (Romans 1:26-27)” (The nation where I live, according to the Pew Research Center, now contrasts 48% percent of the population who believe gay marriage should be legal against 43% who are opposed)

He describes these people who are unknowingly going through His judgment as unrighteous, wicked, greedy, evil, envious, murderous, full of strife, deceitful, malicious, gossipers, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful (Romans 1:28-31).

When a people determine in their hearts that they are no longer accountable to God, elevate themselves into the seat of His throne, and simply live their lives as if their next breath of air isn’t granted by Him, they have already entered into the condemning destruction of His anger.

In reality, catastrophic events, economic downfalls, illnesses, and even sometimes the death of a loved one are much more the grace and mercy of God being displayed, than what Paul is describing here. Through painful circumstances, God often draws His children to Himself, but when He removes His hand and allows us to plummet into our depraved desires, there is very little hope left.

Heavenly Father, may we “Kiss the Son.” He is our King and He is on His Throne! Our King bore our sin on a cross and restored the pathway to back to You. Jesus endured Your judgment, the grapes of wrath, for us. Whatever is needed to draw us to You, we pray earnestly for. We pray that Your mercy and grace will be long-suffering,  for we know where our lustful hearts will take us without You.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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9 Responses to The Final Answer of God… Grapes of Wrath

  1. I totally agree. People point to the increase in ‘natural disasters’ that we have seen in recent years, as a sign of God’s wrat – and I cannot say they are not – but Scripturally, we see something different, as you have described. We see a downward path taken by mnakind as God’s restraint is lessened.

    We see not only an increase in sinful behaviour, but a decrease in morals. We see an ACCEPTANCE by the general public of homosexual behaviour and of the murder of unborn children. We see a general lowering of standards and an enormous increase in the cry for “my rights”.

    We are one day closer . . . . .

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  5. graciehill48 says:

    “…What are these sins we are to look for to know when His wrath is being poured out? First, we exchange our worship of Him for the things He created. After having fallen to our knees in worship of bank accounts, power, and possessions, in His merciful grace He gives us another evidence to look for…” Could we add the planet worship, the green movement taken to the point that humanity takes the back seat? Could we add the sacrifice of the unborn child on the altar of self? Just sayin’
    Good post that elicits reflection and introspection.

  6. ptl2010 says:

    I am reminded that the Lord looks down to notice the remnants who follow after Him even as those wicked ones are taken to task:

    – “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.”—2 Pet. 2:7

    – “This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God”.Genesis 6:9- 22

    – Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. 24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”
    38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
    40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there. I Kings 18:22-24, 38-40

    – 20 “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
    21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:20-22

    It behoves us to be among the remnant in an environment of rampant evil. The Lord’s eye is on the sparrow and He watches you and we who are faithful to Him to the end. Praise the Lord.

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