“And God Was Angry”

Text: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5 NAS).

During the days of Noah God was grieved, even angry, at the conduct of those ungodly people. “God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:12).

God was so angry that he sent a flood to destroy mankind except, of course, those eight souls that were saved in the ark.

Serves them right, huh? After all they were disobeying God.

But wait. Read a little further and see where God was angry once again. This time it isn’t against the people of the world. It is against Moses. “Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses” (Exodus 4:14). 

On another occasion God was angry with an entire nation, Israel that God himself had “raised up.” “Now again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel” (II Samuel 24:1).

Oh well, that was Israel and they were continually falling away from the God who had delivered them. Serves them right, huh? 

I think, sometimes, this is the attitude that we have toward homosexuals, drug addicts, abortionists etc. They are “evil continually” and this angers God so “God is gonna get’em.” We are living in a time when people believe, and do everything imaginable. Surely God is angry with them.

But wait. In Acts chapter 5, we are told of two Christians who died as a result of disobeying God. I think maybe God was angry with them. They were not homosexuals, murderers or drug addicts. They were not people of the world. No, they were Christians who were not acting like Christians should act.

You see, friends, God is displeased and angered by sin regardless of who commits it, Christian or non Christian. No, he is not going punish the sinner, today, in a consuming fire or flood or have the earth open up and swallow them. But know this, “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans14:12). Be assured, God’s displeasure with sin, his anger, his justice, his mercy, his love, his wrath, etc. will all play a part in our judgment. 

Lesson: Strive, mightily, to please God.

Hymn: “Don’t You Want To Be Ready?

Prayer: God help us to live faithfully in your sight. Give us the strength and courage to reject the things that are displeasing to you and to live righteously in this present world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Roy A. Crutcher, Mt. Carmel, IL