A Psalmist could not stop to wonder why the Israelites enjoy abusing their God-given opportunities. Despite the goodness they have received, the people remained ungrateful and continued to upset God by their sinful actions. The psalmist said, “…Yet He had commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven, had rained down manna on them to eat, and given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; and by His power He brought in the south wind. He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas; And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings. So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire” (Psalm 78:23-29).
The psalmist lamented, “How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again, they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy, When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan” (Psalm 78:40-43). God despised the Israelites for their persistent sinful actions as the psalmist explained, “For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their carved images. When God heard this, He was furious, and greatly abhorred Israel, So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men, and delivered His strength into captivity, And His glory into the enemy’s hand. He also gave His people over to the sword, and was furious with His inheritance. The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not given in marriage. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation. Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a mighty man who shouts because of wine. And He beat back His enemies; He put them to a perpetual reproach. (Psalm 78:58-66).
Evil has consequences, and people who engage in it will have to pay later. Despite the fact that God has an enduring grace and mercy over humanity, he will still not tolerate evil. Anyone who persists in evil will eventually regret his/her action and pay a heavy price. The Creator will extend his grace to sinners, but not for an indefinite period. God always has a set time assigned to punish stubborn and unrepentant sinners. Meanwhile, the price of disobedient acts is rough, tough, and tense! Anyone who receives a simple spanking from God may suffer a lifetime pain! Hence, it is advantageous to honor God and receive his blessing than receiving his punishment. Evil people should change from their wickedness; unrepentant sinners should turn a new leaf – to receive God’s favor and benefits.
All people are expected to use their grace opportunity to change from evil; improve on their relationship with him, and serve him well. The emphatic truth that must remain resonating in everyone’s mind is that “Jehovah will rule supreme over the earth; he will bless his own people, but punish the wicked people with darker and brimstone of hell fire.”
Dear God, I prefer to receive your benefits than your punishments. I have made up my mind to honor you and be devoted to you. I will not practice wickedness, and neither will I support wicked people. My choice will remain to faithfully serve you so that I can receive your benefits in this life, and in heaven also. Please empower me with your Holy Spirit to do things that are right and are acceptable to you, so that I can remain fit for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ, I make my requests. Amen.
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