“They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn” (Job 24:24).TEXT — Job 24:14-25
Criminal and sinful acts in the world in this age are as old as mankind itself. The tactics today’s transgressors employ to perpetrate their deeds are not different from the way the generations of old did theirs. The Bible says the criminal in ancient times “disguiseth his face…in the night as a thief…killeth the poor and needy… saying, No eye shall see me”. In this, they are plainly ignorant.
The sinners of the present era are as scripturally heedless. They err as they commit their wickedness in brazen lack of understanding of the ways of the omniscient God. Job knows better. He says the reign of these enemies of peace would not endure. “They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn”.
God is still in charge of the world He created. He has not left it in the hands of man to have the last say. The universe is in His firm grip, with the calendar of events that will lead to the final destruction of the world’s evil system ever before Him. He is longsuffering, desiring the wicked to repent and seek pardon, so they can escape eternal suffering in hell, which He did not create for man but for Satan and his fallen angels.
The world continues to writhe in the pangs and pains of evil and threats of war because those behind these acts believe there would be no consequences, now or hereafter. If the laws of man are lax and permit impunity, the Lord’s are not. He says, He “will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and… will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isaiah 13:11). It is dangerous to remain in the path that will eventually lead to perdition.
Thought for the day
God’s penal code does not condone impunity.
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- 2 & 3 JOHN