C.J. Mahaney says wrath is about vindictive anger, divine vengeance, or retribution. Many view God as an angry, vindictive deity. He is… but only as his anger applies to sin. God is perfectly holy, so he must respond by punishing sin. But more about that later.
For now, let’s talk about my feelings. I pretty much live according to what I feel. In other words, most of what I think is very subjective. What I feel tomorrow may be different than what I feel today. I’ll let you know about that tomorrow. And many times, I allow my feelings to tell me what’s true rather than letting what’s true change what I feel. It’s the way I live. It’s the way most of you live too.
We follow our hearts. That’s what we’re encouraged to do, right? If it makes us feel good, it’s okay. We deserve to feel good. The problem is, many times, feelings don’t match up with reality, and we shouldn’t trust them. We allow our feelings to dictate the behaviors and lifestyles that we think are okay, or that we want to be ok. Issues of morality become driven by what we feel rather than moral law. God’s law of right and wrong, absolutes written in the Bible.
As a result, our faith isn’t about objective truth, but rather our emotional state. So our feelings, even though they are supported mainly by lies we’ve convinced ourselves are true, become our final authority. How arrogant we are. Can we possibly think that what we feel is more authoritative than what we find in scripture? That our powers of discernment surpass those of an all-knowing, holy God? And we even think that, for some reason, God is OK with what we feel. He’s a good guy, so he must be sympathetic to our authoritative feelings. After all, he gave us free will. He lets us choose.
So that takes us back to the opening paragraph. I conclude that many times our subjective feelings lead us to sin. God hates sin. He directs his wrath toward sin. He punishes sin. We can trust our feelings or choose to believe the truth. How do you feel about that?