Monday, April 19, 2010

Not a God of Favoritism

Nahum 1:7-11 NKJV
The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.
But with an overflowing flood
He will make an utter end of its place,
And darkness will pursue His enemies.
What do you conspire against the LORD?
He will make an utter end of it.
Affliction will not rise up a second time.
For while tangled like thorns,
And while drunken like drunkards,
They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.
For you comes forth one
Who plots evil against the LORD,
A wicked counselor.

We know that God is our stronghold in the day of trouble, and that He protects us. But did you also know that His enemies, in the words of the NLT version of verse 3 of this chapter, He never lets the guilty go unpunished. He can't. He's not a God of favoritism; every person is treated the same.

This asks the question on many people's minds: Why do people fight God? He's going to win. The NLT puts it as 'He won't have to strike a second time'. Who is this person that thinks that they're better than God? God's not afraid of them. If God just said 'that's not nice, don't do it again and say you're sorry', who would listen? Not many people, I think. But if God shows His power in the only way that they can see it, they will realize that they were wrong.

This isn't really a threat, it's more of a warning. He's telling Nineveh that He does punish the wicked. He's not afraid of them, or anyone else.

In His Service,

Response Question: Does God still punish those that are evil today?

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