“God judges the
righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm )
Some people have taken the above verse of Scripture to mean
that God is some kind of moody, white-robed, long-bearded, puritanical
monster. They present Him as hanging over Heaven’s balcony hoping
that someone somewhere will make a mistake so He can strike them with
lightning just because He’s “God.”
Well, that’s not what this verse of Scripture is
communicating. Yes, the Bible does indeed state that God is angry
with the wicked everyday. You just read that for yourself.
However, the only reason He is angry with them is because they continue to
reject His protection and provision, which He is offering them through His
Son, Jesus. He’s angry with them because He loves them and they are cursing themselves eternally.
That’s extremely upsetting to Him and understandably so.
Yes, Jesus did get angry with the religious leaders of His day
but only because they insisted that He not demonstrate His Father’s love
for the suffering by healing the sick on the Sabbath. (Mark 3:1-5)
You would be angry, as well, if some religious leader hindered one of your
sick loved ones from being helped. Although you may get angry at
injustice, that does not make you an angry person. Just because God
is angered by injustice and mankind’s rejection of
His blessings doesn’t make Him a big, bad, angry God.
The Bible says that
God not only HAS love for all of humanity, including His rejecters, but He
IS love. (1John 4:8) Since God IS love, how could He not love
you? How could He be angry with you if you are not rejecting
Him? The Bible says, “For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“For the wages of
sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our
Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
This is why God, in
His great love, became a man in the Person of Jesus Christ. (Philippians
2:5-8) God needed a substitute sacrifice for
man who was willing, sinless, human and Divine.
“Human” because it
was man who sinned. (Genesis 3:6-10) Since a man committed original
sin only a man could pay the penalty for that sin. “Willing” because
an unwilling substitute for man would be unacceptable to God. “Sinless”
because the sacrifice must be untainted by sin to be acceptable.
“Divine” because the substitute had to have the ability to rise from the
dead in order that He would not be forever lost to the God of Love.
So the next time
someone tells you that “God is angry with you” say, “Not with me He’s
not. I’ve not rejected His love demonstrated through Jesus. I
accept Jesus’ sacrifice on my behalf. Jesus is my choice and God is protecting and providing for
Then pick up your
Bible and start reading. Everywhere you find the name “God” or
“Jesus,” replace it with the word “Love.”
You’ll really start getting revelation about His Love for you.