It seems our day and time are filled with the love of God yet somehow many can't think of God's love being a judgment on people. I have heard so many times over the years how people say we don't need to spend time in the OT because we are not under that anymore. While it is true that God has changed the covenant, His word from the old shows us how He thinks and acts. To ignore this treasure we have to help us understand insight to God is to bring about a distorted view of God.
Those prophets proclaimed over and over to the people that God was bringing difficulties on the nations because of their ungodly ways. Sometimes the OT prophets were just plain blunt. We read things like Haggai 1:11 where God proclaims through the prophet, "I called for the drought..." Too many do not allow these words to register with their hearts. Think about Ezekiel 14:21 where God speaks that He will bring four severe judgments against Jerusalem which were war (sword), famine, wild beasts and plagues. Why? Because the people had become so corrupted they no longer would heed the words of God! These teachers/preachers of the OT knew SOMEONE that the people did not know even though they worshiped Him.
That is precisely what we have today. Too many fail to realize the God in His holiness and love must act in ways like this because man has a tendency to go after their own thinking and heart desires, making God into an idol created in their minds. What is it about the evil thoughts and actions of man that God is so opposed to? It takes us no further than to look at Jesus Christ and we see God's greatest act of love against man's sinful behavior. Punish the Son in the place of the sinners. That's love. But if that love is rejected by rejecting Jesus and His teachings, what position does that put God in? Go back and start reading those OT prophets. It will open your eyes to our holy and righteous Creator!! Sin is a big problem for God and stands opposed to His holiness. If only we would take His word seriously.