Christians have no fear of the wrath of God because they are obedient and have peace with God.
Sinners do not want to think about the wrath of God because their conscience condemns them and they don't want to give up their way and obey God.
God is love and in His lovingkindness He has provided for all our needs. If people rebel against God and turn away from His love and righteousness; then, He will pour out His wrath against them.
Every person who has ever lived will either enjoy the love of God or suffer the wrath of God. The choice is our own. We can either obey and be blest; or, we can disobey and be cursed.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Upon whom is the wrath God poured out? It is poured out upon those who “hold the truth in unrighteousness.” If you know what the will of God is and you rebel against it, then you will suffer the wrath of God.
God judgeth the righteous, Sand God is angry with the wicked every day.
Sinners are like spoiled children. They do not want to think about being punished for their disobedience. They want God to overlook their disobedience like their permissive parents did. God is just and He will reward the righteous and punish the wicked. He is no repecter of persons. If you think God will ignore the consequence of disobedience; how about, if He would also ignore the consequence of faithful obedience?
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
If Jesus were to be here this morning (and He is) would He look upon you with anger? Is Jesus pleased or angry with how you are living? He is not neutral. He will punish and He will reward.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
11 And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
Does God still punish and reward? You must think about your relationship with God and you can know and should know whether God is pleased or angry with you. Don't let Satan confuse you or cause you to ignore this important condition.
16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
17 And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.
Sickness, afflictions, trials, tests, temptations, hardships, all these things happen because God caused them or allowed them to happen to you. You should known the condition of your own soul and your relationship with God? Are you being tested or tempted? God does not tempt any man to do evil. Satan does. God does punish people for their sins; and, He allows Satan to trouble His children. God gives grace to His children to stand against every temptation.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
God's punishment causes some people to turn and repent. Not all people repent at the chastisement and punishment of God. Some sinners get angry with God for correcting and punishing them. In their rebellion, they become worse.
34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them:
35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
They were defiled with their own works. Their wickedness and sinfulness was the fruit of their own willful choices. Therefore, God's wrath was stirred up against them.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Is the wrath of God upon you? Have you sinned?
If you have been obedient, then hold fast to your confidence that God will give you the grace to go through your hardship.
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
God works through His ministers to do good; and, he works through His ministers to pronounce His judgments and wrath. God will tell me to tell you what the Word of God says will happen to those who disobey.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Don't think that your wrath against your neighbor will advance the goodness and righteousness of God. God alone has the right to pour out wrath upon people who transgress the laws of God. Condemnation and punishment has not been given to men or women. God will judge, condemn and punish. Leave that duty to God.
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
What a terrible thing to be in the hands of an angry God. God's anger against sin and rebellion does not contradict His loving kindness and mercy. He is a just God and must reward people according to their works. To do otherwise would be a fault and to have respect of persons.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
God punishes individuals and nations. When nations forsake the laws of God, they will suffer the consequences. America will suffer for her sins.
1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5 And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.
10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
God's chastisement, punishment and wrath can be severe because it is proportion to the offence. Miriam was well aware of the fact that God was using her brother to lead the people of Israel. She should have been more careful of her attitude toward her brother Moses. She rose up against Moses and tried to usurp his authority as the leader of God's people. She became critical of the man of God and thus stirred up the wrath of God against her.