For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head” (Obadiah 1:15).
God’s judgment is a scary reality. Often times in our church culture, we like to try to focus on one aspect of God’s character and not the other. For me, I grew up in a church that was very quick to talk about the judgment of God. God’s judgment was a reality, God’s judgment was coming, and unless you repented, God’s judgment and wrath was on you. These are all very true things, and were things I needed to hear as a teenager, but it wasn’t all I needed to hear.
The grace and mercy of God found in Jesus is vital when discussing the eminent wrath and judgment of God on the world. Just as real, as eminent, and as wholly pervasive on the world is God’s wrath, the same is true for the grace of God in Jesus. God’s judgment in Obadiah 1:15 was on the Edomites for opposing God and his power, walking in disobedience to his laws. If we are honest with ourselves, we often do the same.
Today, let’s embrace the fact that the cross is two-folded: a magnificent picture of God’s mercy but also a stark reminder of God’s wrath and judgment on mankind. Let’s be a people who embrace the mercy that covers God’s wrath and be on God’s side.