God’s Wrath and Power – Joel 2:11

The Lord raises His voice
in the presence of His army.
His camp is very large;
Those who carry out His command are powerful.
Indeed, the Day of the Lord is terrible and dreadful who can endure it?

In our day of feminization, milk toast masculinity and the softening of anything evil, it is difficult for post modern folks to process the wrath of God against evil and those who pursue it. It’s funny, we want justice for ourselves and for those who we perceive as the downtrodden and abused – punishment is appropriate in these instances. Yet, we are consistently offended by God’s overarching hatred for evil and His enduring love of justice. When we define the categories then we are fine with punishment for ‘sin’. We must purge those who violate the watery, backward social mores of today. However, when God, the One who defined good and thus categorized what is evil, acts in wrath against real sin that will actually destroy us, we are incensed and offended. We view Him as some insensitive, angry old man and argue for His non-existence or denigrate His written revelation. When He acts on our terms, it’s all good. When He acts from a place of true and absolute justice, we will not bear it or accept it. If we cannot define the terms of sin and evil then God must not exist.

The wrath of God is coming on all who deny His truth and who rebel against His goodness. It is not cruel. It is truly just and ultimately what all people desire. We want justice served. Our call is to align our desires with His desires. He is merciful and just. His love is everlasting. His faithfulness is eternal. He is mighty and just to save. He will deal equitably with evil. It’s a promise. Thanks be to God.

In a day of evil injustice it is salvation to know that Father God will redeem those who are calling on His Name. He will not abandon His faithful children. He will not turn a blind eye to those who are submitting to His rule. He is a benevolent King. By the blood of His obedient Son, Jesus Christ, He has saved us from the wrath to come. That, my friends, is the Good News.

Joel 2:13

“And rend your heart and not your garments.”

Now return to the Lord your God,

For He is gracious and compassionate,

Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness

And relenting of evil.”

Joel 2:18

Then the Lord will be zealous for His land

And will have pity on His people.

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