Sin comes with enormous consequences. Until we come to the healing embrace of the crucified Savior, sin will take [a] destructive toll upon our lives. If you can understand it, this is what we mean by the wrath of God—that God has given us real being, and real existence, and there are real consequences for our actions.
If you want to understand on a deeper level, you can understand this: We are more punished by our sins, than for our sins.
Life is short. The world is fragile. All of us are vulnerable, but we are here because this is our calling. Our lives are rooted not only in time, but also in eternity, and the life of learning, humbly offered to God, is its own reward. It is one of the appointed approaches to the divine reality and the divine beauty, which we shall hereafter enjoy in heaven, and which we are called to display even now amidst the brokenness all around us.