God's word is sure. God does have wrath and it is against sin, all sin. Sometimes His wrath breaks out in the lives of people and we wonder why? We don't understand the sinfulness of sin and how God hates it. Some may ask why does God allow sin if He is all powerful? God has already stated clearly in His word that ...for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteousness still do right, and the holy still be holy. (Revelation 22:10-11 ESV) God will come again and there will be no opportunity to ask for salvation, the time of mercy will end and judgment will be all that is left. The plain truth is God is running the universe not according to our wants and desires but by His own counsel. The problem of sin has already been dealt with - God tells us in How word that it will come to an end and only those who are in Christ will experience the everlasting life without sin.
Romans 2:4 tells us that the time of God's patience and forbearance is Today and we should not presume upon His mercy and count it as nothing. MacArthur makes the point that we have no fear of God. We wonder at the evil and wickedness in the world and ask why? what we should be asking in why is there any good at all? We may not have experienced a sense of God's holiness in worship, it's a shame if you have not, your worship experience is a waste if you do not encounter the holiness of God, if you do not come away knowing that God is Holy. Many, many worship services are anything but worship. There is no fear of God, there is no understanding of His Holiness, nor is there any desire to. Read the Bible for yourself and see how people who encountered Christ responded. The disciples were in a storm and they feared for their lives, they woke Jesus Up and He calmed the storm and the Bible states that they were exceedingly terrified of the One who could speak to the storm and control it. The woman with the issue of blood believed if she just touched Christ's garment she would be healed when she did and Christ asked who touched me? the woman was said to bow down trembling at His feet, trembling is the same word to describe the quaking of Mount Sinai when God gave the law. She really shook! She was terrified. All of the encounters with the Holiness of God bring about the same result. The question for today is the same it has always been are we going to believe the Bible or are we going to accept what the world present as worship. Romans 1 and 2 present the wrath of God. God does not hide the fact that wrath can happen against us today or God can be merciful today. Think about it we all have done sin that is at least the same or worst than those who die under the wrath of God for their sin. God has been merciful to us why? because God wants us to fear Him, to reverence Him, to give Him the Glory that is due Him. He has in wrath remembered mercy. We all have an opportunity to ask for forgiveness of our sins today. Revelation 22:11 tells us that there will be a day when that will not be so.
Lets us purpose in our hearts to seek the holy face of God in His forbearance and patience, and pray to not presume upon His mercy.
The book referenced above is: "Worship, The Ultimate Priority," John MacArthur 1983, 2012, Moody Publishers