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COMMUNION MEDITATION


Communion Meditation…

The LORD’s Anger

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him, but with an overwhelming flood He will make an end of Nineveh; He will pursue His foes into darkness. – Nahum 1:7-8

Today, it is chic to speak of the goodness, mercy, grace and love of God.

Few want to think much about His wrath.

His anger, however, is as fearsome as His love is wonderful.

Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in His kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. – Romans 11:22

We see both His goodness and His severity at the cross. There is righteous wrath at sinful rebellion. There is love for the rebellious sinner. His Son accepted the wrath that the rebel might return to the One who loves him.

We should never think of God as an irritable tyrant who looks for an excuse to “zap” us. Nor should we think of Him as an indulgent grandfather who has no demands and who will over­look any indiscretion.

When we reject His direction for our lives and insist on going our own way, His heart is broken. If we persist in our way without turning to Him, our hearts are hardened – and we become objects of His wrath.

His anger does not flare up as our does. Yet, when we, like the people of Nineveh of whom Nahum wrote, persist in vile evil God will make an end of us.

This Table reminds me of His goodness and love. Hence, I resolve here always to walk in His love and goodness that I may be more like Him. It also reminds me of the fearful penalty for sin, “For God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). Hence, at this Table, I remember to come before God with grateful awe and reverent fear.

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