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Delayed wrath
Pastor Jon Enter
by Pastor Jon Enter
July 20, 2022

Why doesn’t God stop bad people from doing bad things? There you are, trying to do the godly thing, towing the biblical line, and you become the collateral damage of others’ evil. It’s not fair. When that happens, it’s easy to wonder what happened to God’s justice. 

Don’t you wish God would stop them dead cold in their tracks? Well, maybe not dead dead. But at least stop them? He did in the Bible. Where’s that power against evil now? 

What if every time evil happened, God brought the atomic elbow of his judgment? Like, if you yell in anger at the driver who cut you off, your car breaks down, costing you $532. If you tell a lie, a tooth falls out. You’d curb those wrong actions fast. But your change would be done out of fear of God, not faith in him. That’s not the relationship he wants with you. God explains why he delays his wrath: “For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath. . . . I hold it back from you so as not to destroy you completely” (Isaiah 48:9). God delays because he’s a God of mercy who desires to show love.

Second Peter 3:9 reveals that God “is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God delays his wrath so unbelievers who do wrong and Christians who do wrong come to repentance and experience his powerful grace. 

God delays his punishments. Thank God he does!