A sobering thought from Jonathan Edwards. Since what he says is controversial in today’s theological landscape, especially with things like universalism abounding, words like these are needed all the more in our day to remind us of the hard truths of God and every man’s desperate, desperate need of a Savior.
Deuteronomy 9:7- “Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the Lord.”
“The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, until an outlet is given; and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course once it is let loose. It is true that judgment against your evil works has not been executed hitherto; the floods of God’s vengeance have been withheld; but your guilt in the meantime is constantly increasing, and you are every day treasuring up more wrath.
The waters are constantly rising and waxing more and more mighty; and there is nothing but the mere pleasure of God that holds the waters back; the waters are unwilling to be stopped and press hard to go forward. If God should only withdraw His hand from the floodgate, it would immediately fly open, and the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God would rush forth with inconceivable fury and would come upon you with omnipotent power; and if your strength were ten thousand times greater than it is, yea, ten thousand times greater than the strength of the stoutest, sturdiest devil in hell, it would be nothing to withstand or endure it.
The bow of God’s wrath is bent and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart and strains the bow; it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood.
Thus all you who never passed under a great change of heart, by the mighty power of the Spirit of God upon your souls; all you who were never born again and made new creatures and raised from being dead in sin to a state of new, and before altogether unexperienced light and life; all you are in the hands of an angry God.”
Taken from Edwards’ famous and largely mocked or underappreciated “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
Title taken from Dustin Benge’s “A Journey Toward Heaven.”