SOMETIMES I JUST WONDER about the kind of world we live in—the world in which all kinds of abominations and wickedness dominate—where adulterers, devil worshipers, thieves, murderers,rapists, false prophets, prostitutes, drunkards, homosexuals and idolaters are proud of—but never get satisfied with—their characters, Worse enough, some of them have even enacted laws to defend their disgusting lifestyles!!
I then go on and wonder what would I have done to them if I had been God. I wouldn’t have tolerated even a little of their blasphemous behavior. I’d burn them all right away! I’m sure you’d do the same.
It really amazes me that our dear God still can bear to watch that much disgraceful stuff taking place in the world, and just spares them. Yet, in spite of their overrated evil doings, He endlessly supplies them with their basic, daily needs—enough food, clothes, protection, and a loving family— in one word: unconditional love. This brings me to the question: “Why doesn’t He smite them all at once, when—despite of all—says in His own words, ‘There is no peace for the wicked.’??” [Isaiah 57:21].
But something reminds me that: “[God’s] ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:8]. While I contemplate about completely demolishing the world quickly (had I been God), he simply was, is, and forever will be, “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in [unconditional] love.” [Psalms 145:8]. But that doesn’t mean we should make Him angry!!
I’m again reminded that, I too, am nothing but a poor man—a poor, sinful man. All I do is trying to “remove the speck from my brother’s [or sister’s] eye, but do not consider the plank in my own eye.” [Matthew 7:3]. And: “For whatever point I judge the other, I am condemning myself, because I who pass judgment do the same things.” [Romans 2:1]
“Phew! At least I’m not an adulterer,” I’d say to myself, relieved at some degree.
“Hello,” my conscience would alert me, “how many times have you looked at a particular girl and wished you were in bed with her?” I, then, feel ashamed of myself.
“Phew! At least I’m not a murderer,” I’d comfort myself, feeling slightly innocent! How dare am I to feel innocent!
“Hey, buddy,” my conscience would alert me again, “how many thousand times have you looked angrily at a fellow of yours and wished you had him/her brutally killed at that instant?”
At this point, I feel totally trampled on the ground. Then I realize that, even though I sin against God continuously (but I’m not proud of it!), He still spares me His wrath. Moreover, he presents me with everything I ask from Him—he presents me with his Unconditional love.
From what you have read so far, what have you learned? Romans 3:10 gives the best answer:
“There is no-one righteous, not even one…No one who seeks God, All have turned away… There is no one who does good, not even one.”
In addition to that, Romans 2:6-8 tells us:
“God will give each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good, seek glory, honor and immortality: He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
The presence of the word “will” above means that you still have a chance to re-unite with him. Don’t worry about whatever sin you’ve committed in the past—He’ll be more than happy to re-unite with his child! It is time to change your ways and turn to the Lord!
So my beloved friend, you should try to seek God with all your heart (even though it’s somehow complicated and full of temptations) so that, in the end, you will be rewarded with eternal life in Paradise, rather than ending up in the eternal fire of Hell with the devil.