God is a paradox. He is at once the God whose wrath cannot be escaped, and the God whose steadfast love unfailingly accepts and sanctifies us. But perhaps the paradox is not in God but in our fractured vision?
If you ever played with one of those fly-eye toys you'll know what I mean. The multifaceted lens fractures the world into a confusing array of a dozen tiny images. The sensible and unified world suddenly looks bizarre and incomprehensible. Trying to navigate it while looking through the toy is disastrous.
Such are we in our current sinful and justified state. Through one "lens" we can only see our sin and our inability to justify ourselves before God. God appears properly as an all-consuming cloud of smoke and fire before which all rationalizations fall away. Run if you like, but the storm surrounds you and you will only hasten your own destruction.
Through the other "lens" we see Christ on the cross. He is the center mast of the great ark called the church. He bears the full brunt of the storm and is not broken. He carries us safely to the bright shore of God's kingdom and delivers us safe and pure.
God is both the storm and the ark. The fire, and the sacrifice. In this life, he seems a paradox, but the paradox is not a stumbling block for faith rather it is the very substance of it.
"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you." -- Psalms 89:14