The Lord has been working in my life a lot lately. I believe God is very much alive and therefore can communicate with us. I also believe the Bible is God’s Word and what He says in my spirit will never collide with what He says in His Word.
I’m a runner. I run 5 miles a day 6 days a week. During those morning runs I’ve been having some pretty good times of communication with the Lord. The other day I was asking for Him to reveal to me Himself, to fill in any blanks I have in my understanding of who He is. I know He is a loving, grace-filled and accepting God, I’ve experienced all those things.
On my return loop home, I heard this question in my head, "Did pharoah (of Moses day & the 10 plagues in Egypt) feel My wrath?" I love it when this happens because I know it is God directing my thinking. I wondered where the question came from and what it had to do with. I thought about it and realized the answer was NO.
God is eternal, therefore just like His love is eternal, His wrath must be eternal. If He is all powerful and spoke the world into existance, the 10 plagues where nothing compared to what He could do.
Then I began to sense what He could do. He gave me a mental picture of His thumb and forefinger with planet earth between them. He pinched and the earth turned into a dust cloud in the universe. The question came, "Is that the fullness of my wrath?" The answer to that was no as well.
I began to comprehend the only two places His wrath has ever been fully felt was Calvary and Hell. Mysteriously, Jesus felt the eternal wrath of His Father when He died for our sins. Hell is a place of divine wrath, therefore by nature has to be eternal.
My awareness of His awesome power and wrath that is always righteous, made verses in the Bible have more meaning to me. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." "Our God is a consuming fire." "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." I was always taught "fear" meant to reverance God. Now I believe "fear" means FEAR God!! Feel protected in His strength and power, secure in His love, but don’t trifle with Him because He is awesome and fearful in power. Ultimately, His wrath will comes to bear on all sin. Either at the cross, or forever in hell.