God's Anger

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying, “The Lord was very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 1:1-3

Recently our family went to SeaWorld and we saw the show at Shamu Stadium. When you come into Shamu Stadium you will see that they have very clearly identified the “splash zone.” Warnings are posted that say, “You will definitely get wet, and you may get soaked.”  As promised, those that sit in the splash zone get wet.

So, did Shamu get those people wet because he hated them? No.

Did he get them wet because he had singled them out and decided that they were the ones that were going to get wet? No.

They got wet because of where they were sitting. They were sitting in the splash zone.

Now, hear me say this. There’s an anger zone for God. There’s a place where you can choose to park your life, and if you stay there, you will come under God’s wrath and God’s anger.  When you are living a disobedient life, you’re in the anger zone.  When you’re failing to trust God, you’re in the anger zone.  When God has shown you to do something, and you don’t obey, you are in the anger zone.  It’s not because God hates you; it’s just because of where you have chosen to place yourself.

When we read, “The Lord was very angry,” our immediate assumption is to think that God’s anger must somehow be like our anger. But we don’t think that God could possibly be angry the way we’re angry, and in some ways, that’s true.

Our anger causes us to lash out with words that we regret. Our anger causes us to hold on to grudges that wind up destroying relationships. Our anger can harden into long-term bitterness and an unforgiving spirit that destroys us.

When we read in God’s Word that God is love, and that God is merciful, gracious, forgiving and kind, it seems rational for us to say this same God could not also be angry.

That may be rational, but it’s not biblical. There is anger on the part of God when there is sin and rebellion in His people. There are circumstances that evoke His anger, and there are people who become the object of His anger.

God does not pitch temper tantrums. God is not an ogre up in heaven, who is waiting to whack you. But understand this – God is angry at sin in my life and your life. And God is angry when we decide to rebel against Him. There’s a zone you can get into in your life where you will be under God’s anger.

So, how do you get out from His anger? You get out of the anger zone by making the decision to return to Him. When you return to Him, He has already promised He will return to you.

My prayer for you is that you will stay out of the anger zone.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!