There is a generation of God’s wrath. By looking at the day’s headlines, we could surmise that this generation is it. Hoodlums, hooligans, just looking for an excuse to create mayhem. However, God’s wrath is an appearance. God Himself is like liquid love. His love is like a mother bear roaring after those that might harm her precious cubs. We associate wrath with anger, but God is incapable of the kind of anger we see as humans. His wrath is His burning love. His only desire is to help further our life in God. Every single thing that God does is for our benefit. Therefore, His apparent wrath can only manifest if we force it and if it will in some way benefit mankind. The tipping point, where evil is overwhelming the good, is coming to a head, perhaps forcing God to step in and do something to save the righteous that remain.
A lot of people wonder why God even allows evil. But the true question seems to be, why do humans allow it? For thousands of years, God has been so patient and kind, waiting for mankind to understand just a few basic ideas of practical living. Love God first. Do unto other people what you would have them do unto you. Take care of your earth because it is the gift of God to feed you and to heal you. Be kind to all of God’s creation because He made it and therefore it’s good. There have been a few who understood and lived His life while they were here on earth. Many of them were horribly persecuted by those that didn’t want to live that same kind of life.
Basically we have screwed up so badly. We can’t just point the finger at youthful hooligans and say that they are the problem. They are more of a symptom than the core of the problem. Every area of human life is in a shambles: religion, government, education, agriculture, justice, family life. The list is very long. Can you think of any area of human life that isn’t in total disarray? I can’t. Oh yes, there are exceptions here and there, but the major part of our civilization apparently cannot be recovered. If we don’t fix it, we force God out of His heavens. We force Him to come and fix what we won’t. Isaiah 64:1, 2 says: “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at they presence, as when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make they name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!” If He has to come down and fix things, He will come with flaming fury. If we force His hand, He will come “with ten thousands of his saints to execute judgments upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds … (Jude 14, 15)”
God’s heart of liquid love is broken because of the hurt being done to innocent people. His heart aches for someone, or someones, to start a revival of basic human decency. He has never left anyone without any hope. There will always be the story of Jonah. Ninevah was to be destroyed, but they repented and our holy and almighty God changed His mind and did not destroy them. In Malachi, He ends the Old Testament with this warning: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” It is a dreadful thought. A study of God’s curses show that He is exquisitely precise and righteous. In the modern vernacular, He knows how to nail you. However, in the warning is also an exceptionally bright promise. If the heart changes and fathers and children once again love and respect each other, then, like the great city of Ninevah, we can touch the heart of our awesome Father and He will turn away His anger for “the curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverbs 26:2)