We’re in the thick of the plagues today, and this verse stood out to me:
“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (9:20-21)
The LORD is a God of second chances. He offers opportunity after opportunity for people to repent and redirect their destiny. The the truth is, there’s something in humanity that doesn’t want anything to do with God, even if it means enduring scorpion stings and death.
Now we can argue about this or be upset by it, but it isn’t our job to change this about people. Our concern for people is from God and His powerful love is the one pursuing us and sometimes sharing the sentiment with us.
What it comes down to, is being accountable to God for our own response to Him, and following His example of relentlessly loving and extending forgiveness, even when it’s not taken.
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
God is loving, forgiving and the Only One qualified to judge the world, to open the scroll, is Jesus. He laid His life down to save everyone. He doesn’t condemn flippantly he and He is also a gentleman; not forcing Himself on anyone.
Consider today how to respond to the loving correction of God.