Have you ever been afraid of what it might be like to see the Lord angry with you? It is honestly one of the scariest thoughts that could come to my mind. Well, in our passage today, I think Isaiah is showing us what it looks like when the Lord is angry. The main point of Isaiah 34 is that judgment is going to come to those who do not follow the Lord.
Verse 2 is one that we need to pay attention to, and it reads: “For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their hosts; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over to slaughter.”
This verse sticks out because we often do not see God described in this way. We usually picture God in a loving manner, which is good because God is love. But it is also important to see Him in this way too. What we have to understand is that God’s anger is righteous. God only gets angry when things are evil or sinful. Wicked things do not dwell in the presence of God. So for God to be angry with the nations means that the nations are acting sinfully and He is righteous in judging them.
For us, God’s righteous anger should cause us to rejoice. We should be thankful that we serve a God who is holy and good. There is no evil in God and so we can rest in His goodness knowing that one day He will make all things perfect.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice