We have become a taunt to our neighbours, mocked and derided by those around us. How long, O Lord ? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?
Psalms 79:4-5 ESV
God had been angry with, and jealous for His wayward people. As He judged them, their neighbours taunted them. Maybe my neighbours are too polite to taunt me, but I’m sure some of them are wondering why God is allowing this plague to plague the world.
God’s anger may not be a popular subject, but it is a reality. His anger burns forever in the fires of hell. We might think blasphemously as God the Father as a grumpy old man in the sky, and Jesus the Son as the One who tries to placate His wrath. But even Christ got righteously angry from time to time, and it’s possible to grieve the Holy Spirit too.
People might argue that anger is inconsistent with love, but it is precisely because God is love that He gets angry at all that is unlovely. By nature, we are objects of wrath. But when we trust in Jesus who bore God’s anger on the cross, there is no more condemnation for us.
Like even good fathers with their children, God sometimes gets angry with us. Like even good husbands with their wives, God is jealous for us. What kind of God would He be if He simply shrugged His shoulders if we worship anything other than Him?
“Jealous One, may we not underplayed Your anger and jealousy. But thank You that these characteristics aren’t inconsistent with Your immeasurable love for us, in Christ Jesus our Lord, amen”