An interesting article about a difficult subject, What Is the Wrath of God?, by Msgr. Charles Pope. Here’s an excerpt:
Perhaps the best definition I have heard of God’s wrath is this: ‘God’s wrath is our experience of the total incompatibility of our sinful state before the Holiness of God.’ Sin and God’s holiness just don’t mix. They can’t keep company… We must be purified before we can enter the presence of God otherwise we could never tolerate His glory. We would wail and grind our teeth and turn away in horror. The wrath is the conflict between our sin and God’s holiness. God cannot and will not change, so we must be changed. Otherwise we experience wrath. But notice the experience is in us primarily and not God. God does not change; He is holy, serene; He is love.
The author makes interesting analogies to water spilled on a hot stove, “steam rising as the water flees away”, and to the light coming on in a darkened bedroom in the middle of the night:
The light is bright and I curse it! Now, mind you, the light has not changed one bit. It is still the same 100-watt bulb it was hours earlier. The light is the same; it is I who have changed. But do you know what I do? I blame the light and say, ‘That light is harsh!’
Check it out — a fascinating read! “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God.” Romans 12:19