Therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will withdraw. My eye will not spare, and I will have no pity.
Ezekiel 5:11 ESV
We don’t like to think of bad people getting away with doing bad things. We like to see justice go forth and right being restored.
Why don’t we like to see or hear about that with God?
People don’t want to know that God will deal with sin and unrighteousness. They prefer to know that He is a God of love and grace. And He is. He is so full of love that He didn’t spare His own Son to die on the cross that we could be forgiven of our sin and saved.
So what if this great gift that God has given us through Jesus is trampled upon and not considered to be the ultimate show of love that God the Father has for His children? Is that ok with you? Is that ok with God?
The Biblical pattern that you see throughout all the Bible, Old and New Testament, is that God punishes sin and disobedience. From the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the final moments of the Book of Revelation, He deals with it.
And you have a choice. You can accept His grace through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. That means that you turn from your sin and disobedience and start living the way He says you should live. Or, you continue on with your life and face the consequences in the end. Only you can choose your path.
People don’t like to hear this. But it’s the truth. And, well, the Jews didn’t want to hear it either. That is why they were exiled. That is why they suffered. That is why many of them died. “Surely we are God’s people, the Jews, and He would never let us be conquered. We live in Jerusalem, where God’s temple is located.”
Their thoughts and opinions didn’t save them. They already had been warned. They had the Word. They had the Prophets. And yet they clung to their own thoughts and opinions.
And nothing changes. On this side of the Resurrection, things stay the same.
Where do you find yourself?
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy and forgiveness of sin. Help me to live gratefully, with my eyes ever before You because of the gift You have freely given me.