Read Romans 2
Focus on verse 5
Yesterday we discussed the attitude of defiance, and how a defiant attitude is often the cause of a brutal response by those in authority. This is closely related to today’s topic of rebellion and what one might expect as a reward for rebellious behavior.
It is not uncommon for children at some point in growing up to go through a stage of growth where they feel a strong urge to rebel against the authority of their parents, teachers or depending upon their age when it occurs perhaps even against the authority of law enforcement.
As I have observed occurrences of this, it has been my observation that the earlier a child goes through this phase, the less detrimental it is to both the child and those around him or her. If parents can deal with rebellion in a child prior to the age of four or five, it can be handled with relatively little serious fallout. On the other hand if this attitude is not dealt with until the child is a teenager, the choices the child will make can have much more lasting and severe consequences to both the child and those close to him or her.
In today’s reading Paul writes about God’s response to our rebellion,
But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (v. 5)
Apparently the longer we store it up the less we are going to like the result when it is finally released. I don’t know about you, but I don’t care much for the idea of “storing up wrath” for myself – particularly if God is going to be the administrator of that wrath. No, thank you. There are much more pleasant things we could be storing up with God, that will make eternity a much more pleasant experience.