“Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Col 3:6
Isn’t the wrath of God always in the future tense, something that will take place at a distant time and space far, far away? If this is really so, why even bother at all? Since by nature the future is vague, to be so concerned about its uncertainty is rather foolish and far-fetched.
It’s like the people from the land of Chi, who, according to a Chinese legend, were very frightened that the sky was falling, not realizing that the sky wasn’t the roof of the earth, and therefore it could never fall.
“Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Because of what? we ask. Simply put: it’s because we indulge in the pleasure of sin.
O we know all this full well. The pleasure of sin is sharp, acute, instant, and always leaves a lasting impression on our minds, causing us to seek the same sensation repeatedly. What will this longing to experience the same euphoria end up with? It’s something called addiction.
Indeed, the wrath of God doesn’t lie in the distant future; it’s getting closer and closer to us. In fact, it follows hard after us, and when the fleeting pleasure of sin vanishes, the wrath of God immediately begins.
For sure, we all have experienced God’s wrath demonstrated on a smaller scale in our lives. I was a heavy drinker in the service, and occasionally became drunk. One time I passed out and had to be carried to bed by my comrades. The worst thing about being drunk was the moment I woke up the next day. Besides a headache and physical discomfort, the most unbearable was the sense of emptiness and regret, and the ill-at-ease feeling of having done something wrong. Wasn’t that the wrath of God exhibited and illustrated?
The wrath of God is cumulative by nature, and it increases and accumulates as we continue to sin. The anger of God can only be appeased and decreased through our repentance, for the death of Jesus on the cross has taken away the wrath of God. Therefore, the only remedy for our sin is true repentance to Christ Jesus and our plea for divine forgiveness.
Sin does pay, doesn’t it? It repays us with physical pleasure that lasts but a few moments, yet the debt of unredeemed sin accumulates, and it charges lofty interest. If we feel the wrath of God demonstrated in our lives on a small scale, can we even imagine how severe it will be when it falls on us in its full strength and force?
Isn’t it a warning sign that things are not well when we are accused by our conscience, whispering to us that God isn’t pleased with us, and his anger against us is accumulating more and more by the day?