“We were by nature objects of wrath.”
Those of us who are recovering from childhood abuse have experienced a lot of anger in our lives. Childhood abuse is a violence against our souls (and bodies). Sexual abuse is not love gone bad; it is anger and violence and manipulation and lust and selfishness. We know what anger feels like when it is smashing into our souls because we have felt it before and are very familiar with it.
God is very angry, too, and that scares us. Look up wrath in a large KJV concordance, and you’ll find a fairly long list, mostly about God.
I know one woman who, as a little girl, used to hide under a table, hoping that a particular member of her family wouldn’t find her. She would hide there as a matter of course, not waiting until this member became angry. It was a safe place for her, she thought.
Dear woman, I want to tell you something that is true. If you are relying on Jesus for your salvation, you are already saved from God’s wrath. It cannot touch you. “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:9). Jesus saved us from having to experience the wrath of God full force in all its fury. According to Romans 1:18, “The wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Does that sound like you? If you have repented and are in God’s family because of Jesus’ blood, you are not godless and wicked any more. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1, italics mine).
“He redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion” (Psalm 103:4). “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22). “Praise be to the Lord, for He showed His wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city” (Psalm 31:21). Dear sister, think about these verses for a few minutes. Let them speak to you, for it was God’s kindness that lead you to repentance in the first place (Romans 2:4).
Read all of Romans 8 and Psalm 103 and decide if it sounds like God is still mad at you. Write down all the things in these chapters that indicate that God is not mad at you but is cheering for you.
This a page from the book When God Roared. Each page will be published, one per day, on this website. We pray that God uses it mightily in your life to swaddle you in His love and heal your precious heart.