God’s wrath is for real. Not only was it poured out upon the wicked in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament times. First of all, we learn about Korah and his people who were swallowed up inside the ground alive for fighting against Moses and God. In these moments of strife, God made Himself known in the way He is able to move and shape the earth in an instant. Although they had their homes and people were enjoying their time outside, God caused an earthquake to form that was so large that Korah’s camp was consumed by it. And to top it off, God then shut the earth with the people inside. Only Korah’s children survived. It is written, “and the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the Lord: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign. Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.” (Numbers 26:9-11) Therefore, learn to fear God and not disobey Him!
There is one thing that God does not take kindly to and that is when people deny the Holy Ghost. When confronted with such sins, people often die instantly. Such was the case for Ananias and his wife Sapphira. It is written, “but a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.” (Acts 5:1-5) “But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” (Acts 5:39) Therefore, you can either be for or against God. Your life shows who you are for. Strokes, heart attacks, and aneurysms can be natural or from God. They come instantly and without notice. So let’s be ready when we go. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, many people are living for You, not giving in to the persecutions of this wicked world. We know Your ways and will abide in Your presence until Your second coming. It is better for us to sing praises unto our God that saves than to give in to the things of this world. Nothing this world can offer us can measure up to the love that You show us daily. You lift us up from our burdens. You give us strength when we are weak. Your wrath is upon the wicked, but Your love is upon Your people. This same love I want to share with everyone around me. Any person that You put in my path, open my mouth so that I might help people know You, Jesus. I am unashamed of Your gospel, for it is the power of God in me. Have Your way in me, Jesus. Lead me from temptation. The enemy does come against me daily, but Your power makes me strong to resist. Lord, there are so many people who say they are for You that are really against You. This world is so wicked and all I need to do is talk to somebody for a few minutes to know if they really side for You. The Holy Spirit makes what is true and false so plain to my eyes. Thank You, Jesus. I can see because You have broken every chain. My life is Yours. I love You. Amen.