But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused?
From the heavens you uttered judgment;
the earth feared and was still,
when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
What a blessing it is to be able to memorize and meditate on comforting verses like Lamentations 3:22-23: "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Doesn't that make you feel good? Kind of like warm fuzzy slippers on a cold day, or your favorite pooch cuddled up beside you, with a roaring fire in the fireplace and a cup of hot cocoa in your hands.
But to think of God's wrath is like being out in a snowstorm without a down jacket and hat and gloves, or a little more like being in the Sahara without food, water, or shelter. Not so comfortable. Why would anyone want to meditate on that?
For a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can know without compunction that God's wrath has passed over us and that we may claim His great mercy in our lives to the point of knowing that we have eternal life. We have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), at the cost of the Son of God Himself, who gave His life for ours.
On the other hand, Romans 1:18 tells us that, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." The truth is available through the Bible, God's Word. There are many passages of Scripture that speak of the wrath of God against those who refuse to believe Him. And with that wrath comes eternal suffering, a stark contrast to the last part of our passage for the day, when He arises to establish judgment and to save all the humble of the earth.
There is hope for all who are presently under His wrath! "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name," John 1:12
Great is His faithfulness!Gloria