A God of Wrath and A God of Grace
A common view of God sees Him as all love, mercy, and forgiveness. Is this overly simplistic? Is He also a God of judgment and holiness?
Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 11:10-13:14
Indeed the view that sees God as a cosmic Santa Claus is not only overly simplistic, it is dangerously wrong. God is a God of holiness and justice. He will punish every sin ever committed by every human being. The good news is that those who trust in the offering of His Son, Jesus Christ, for sins have His payment credited to their account. Believers in the Lord Jesus have their sins paid in full, by His mercy and at His great cost. David learned how holy is God. He is not to be mocked or trifled with. It was a sad and hard lesson, but we all need to pay attention to it.
[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].