The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. (KJV)
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. (NIV)
Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart
What happens if you break the rules?
That seems like such a simple question, but for some reason we, humanity as a whole, seems to disregard the answer to this question on a fairly regular basis.
We prove this by keeping the wrong change when given too much by the cashier, posting a stupid and mean comment online, or speeding while driving down the road.
Yet think about this: what tends to happen when we see a police car on the side of the road? We have a minor panic attack thinking about the trouble we may be in!
It is evidenced by our children disobeying established rules, like throwing a ball in the house, playing with toys instead of doing homework, or doing something wrong and blaming a sibling or a friend.
How do the children feel? Afraid of the coming punishment, because they know they did something wrong. They hear their parents coming a mile away!
How do parents feel? Heartbroken that their child cannot follow simple rules.
God Hates Sin
Every time we sin, it is like telling our Heavenly Father His rules are stupid. We invite His punishment, and often with reckless abandon.
Sadly, it is our reckless abandon that invites His wrath, as well.
The good news is that God loves us so much and hates our sin so much that He stepped down into humanity to save us from His wrath by dying on the cross and rising from the grave.
Those who continue to disobey His laws and refuse to acknowledge His sacrifice remain under His wrath.
In effect, they choose to “sinneth against [their] own soul” and “forfeit their lives” to the wrath of the King.
Just King, thank You for saving us by taking the wrath due us on Your own shoulders. Help us by Your Holy Spirit to obey Your commands to love each other. Help us to love those who are still under Your wrath and lead them to Your grace and forgiveness.