What we believe about God sometimes depends on what we will accept.
Most people believe in God’s grace and love and they should. God’s grace and love are taught everywhere in the scriptures. The apostle John wrote, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8, 16).
Many people don’t believe God will punish sinners. They don’t want to believe God will execute his wrath on those who disobey him regardless of what the scriptures teach.
It is impossible to believe in God’s grace and love and somehow disbelieve God’s wrath on the disobedient. Paul, in his lovely book to the Romans, wrote, “Behold the kindness and the severity of God,” (Romans 11:22 NASB).
In Isaiah 1:28-31 the prophet explained the terrible consequences that were coming upon Israel and Judah because of its idolatry and unfaithfulness. God said that instead of choosing to obey him, his people had selected “oaks” and “gardens,” (Isaiah 1:29). They had wanted to worship idols instead of remaining faithful to him.
Didn’t God have a right to expect Israel and Judah to remain faithful? God told them he expected their obedience and God told them what would happen if they disobeyed him (Deuteronomy 28:15).
Sin’s consequences are lost on the majority of those who have lived on the Earth. Even today there are those whose unfaithfulness has caused or will cause them to suffer for sin. Then, they accuse God of being careless in punishing them when they are the cause of their sorrow.
Avoiding most of this sorrow is as simple as obeying God and remaining faithful to him. But, have you obeyed God and have you stayed faithful?