There are many who seem to think God is just waiting and watching for them to mess up! As a big eye in the sky He is viewed with His big thumb ready to squash the sinful and His hand drawn back to hurl lightning bolts in His anger. Is God grieved at the sin in this world? Yes! David noted that in His righteousness God “feels indignation every day.” (i.e. Psalm 7:11) However, is it God’s desire to snuff out?


            Note what God said through His prophet Ezekiel where we read. . .

                        (23) Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?(Ezekiel 18:23 ESV)


            And. . .

                        (31) Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? (32) For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord Godso turnand live. (Ezekiel 18:31-32 ESV)


            We find it stated again in Ezekiel 33:11. God’s pleasure is in seeing the wicked turn from their sinful ways and receive the life He desires to provide! Though the Scriptures are clear that God will punish the sinful who continue there, that is not His desire. His desire is for the opportunity and provision He has made for life to be seen and accepted!


            Peter also encouraged. . .

                        (9) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perishbut that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 ESV)


            Yes, a day of judgment is coming, the acknowledgment of which ought to compel us to consider our manner of living. (2 Peter 3:10-11) Since it pleases God to see repentance that He may grant life, should we not be pleased to accept His opportunity and provision? It matters not how long one has been a sinner or how bad the sin, the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to deal with it! (1 John 1:7) It is the purpose for which Christ came! (1 Timothy 1:15-16) May we therefore allow God to have this pleasure in association with our life as we remain turned toward Him and His Will! His grace is sufficient!




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