Recently, I had the privilege to be a part of the 2009 student ministry program, Discipleship Now. The theme for the weekend was God’s Crazy Love. All of the lessons and spiritual bullet-points for the students were laced in the compassion, mercy, grace and love of God. While these are all vividly accurate descriptions of our heavenly father, I immediately struggled with defining the magnitude of these attributes that are – by definition – impossible for humanity to comprehend.
As I prayed the first night for guidance on the lessons, God spoke to me a very real, semi-scary, manner. He reminded me that to feel the weight of the anchor, we must weather the storm. In other words, to truly feel the power of God’s grace, mercy and love – we must first know the range of His wrath.
Our God is not weak, He is a warrior. He does not say, “It’s alright”, He says “The wage of sin is death.” Period.
“For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hears to wage war against Israel, so that he may destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy…”
“The Lord is a warrior, the Lord is his name.”
“For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
There is a reason that God is called the Lion and the Lamb. Lions are opportunist hunters, it does not matter the age, gender, health or maturity of their prey. I read once that lions do not test their potential prey for weaknesses; they can see from afar what kind of creature they are approaching.
How much greater would we appreciate the Lamb of Christ, if were eye-to-eye with the Lion?