This is a chapter of scripture that highlights God’s anger, righteousness and justice. Sometimes it is easy to forget that God gets angry. We don’t see people being turned to salt or cities being destroyed in the present time. This is a much more relatable picture for us.
The leaders and rulers of Israel have led the way to unfaithfulness and idolatry. When we read this it is easy to cast judgement and think about how bad they were for doing this. It is easy to say that God should be angry at them for what they did. The reality is that we do the same thing all the time. Yet when it comes to us, we don’t tend to say God should punish. The truth is that anything that we put more time, care, effort, or love into that is not God and His kingdom is an idol in our life.
Here is the good news. The option to return to God is there! Our God is so good, and so loving that he wants us to acknowledge our guilt before Him and turn back to Him. Surrender our life back to Him. He is faithful and just to forgive. We have the joy of knowing that we serve a God that wants us even though we are broken and disobedient.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate