Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.
This chapter describes two seemingly separate actions that are actually connected.
-Praise for God.
-God’s wrath being poured out.
In the majority of western Christianity there is no room for worship of a wrathful God. Unless God “behaves” in kindness and grace we don’t worship Him. However this passage stretches our understanding of the character of God. When a Holy God pours out wrath from heaven He is still worthy of worship. A few things.
-God is God. We worship Him for that, even if we don’t fully understand His actions.
-If I “worship” only when God behaves the way I want, I’m not worshipping Him. I am only showing my approval/disapproval of His actions. That is not worship. That is being a fair weather fan.
-I need to take a lesson from the angels. When they worship, I should worship. What they celebrate, I should celebrate. Whether it is opening scrolls or pouring out bowls, God is still worthy to be worshipped.
Father forgive me for choosing when I worship you. May I learn unconditional worship from the angels.