“The LORD doesn’t become angry quickly, but He has great love. He forgives sin and law breaking. But the LORD never forgets to punish guilty people. When parents sin, He will also punish their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren, and their great-great-grandchildren.” - Numbers 14:18
The Bible says God gets mad. He gets mad but not quickly because He is patient and wants people to change (2 Peter 3:9). He does not like it when we sin (Colossians 3:5-6, Romans 1:18). How can a holy God approve of sin that is evil? He gets upset when we sin but gives us many chances to change and ask for forgiveness (2 Chronicles 7:14). If we do not repent, then it will lead to His anger and His punishment.
We need to remember that God does not allow us to get away with sin and will punish us if we do not repent. How can God who is holy allow us to get away with sin without punishment? His kind of punishment will not make us feel good, similar to when our parents punished us for doing what they told us not to do. When we are punished, it shows that they love us. God does the same and punishes those He loves (Hebrews 12:6, Proverbs 3:11–12).
Because of Jesus, we do not have to fear the Lord’s punishment or anger (John 3:36). Jesus’ death frees us from experiencing God’s wrath. He paid the penalty for our wrongdoings, so we do not have to (Ezekiel 7:8). It is important for us to try to live a life that is holy and free from sin since the day of God’s wrath is near.
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
You are slow to get mad. You have a lot of patience even when we sin against You. That is a reason to praise You. You are worthy of praise because You give us many chances to change. Help us not to make You mad but to live a life that is the way You want. Thank You for being slow to anger and filled with love and patience. We also pray for others to change so they won’t have to experience Your wrath one day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!