TUESDAY, MAY 21
Scripture: Romans 2:36, 9:22-29
Isn’t it interesting that the New Testament would make a statement like verses 22-24, “What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Did God want to show His wrath and make His power known? According to Romans 9, He did. God wanted people to see both His wrath and His mercy. Isn’t that interesting? At any given time, God wants people to be willing to look out and see both His wrath and His mercy. Does the church have that view today? Does the church have the view that we are supposed to demonstrate both God’s mercy and God’s wrath? Absolutely not. But in Acts 2, that is the very thing we are called to do. Acts 2:36 says, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” The fruit of Lord is judicial wrath. The fruit of Christ is judicial mercy. So that in any given moment, based on what the Holy Spirit desires, He should be able to direct us saying, “Demonstrate judicial wrath,” or “Demonstrate judicial mercy!” The church is prepared to demonstrate mercy. By not being enabled to facilitate wrath, we enable evil. BY not learning to “…give place to wrath…” we facilitate evil. But that makes us enablers of evil. Until we can demonstrate judicial wrath, we will be enablers of evil and that needs to change! Wrath is an issue and it is a serious one. Until the church gives place to wrath, evil will rarely meet justice! Give place to wrath, create a path!