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.