Isaiah 19:19-22. “In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord, because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a Saviour, and a Great One, and He shall deliver them. And the Lord shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation: yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it. And the Lord shall smite Egypt: He shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the Lord,and He shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.”
There are many who see God only through the lenses of His justice and vengeance. They ignore the part about His healing, once a person, a group, or a nation has repented of their sin and turned to Him. He was just as merciful in the Old Testament as He is in the New Testament; God is not the problem.
SIN is the problem! Feeling free to sin because, you know, God forgives, is just foolish and short-sighted.
If I were a preacher, I’d be hammering this one home. We sin; God judges; we repent; God heals and forgives. OR–we sin, God judges; we get bitter and turn from Him; He allows judgment to continue. It’s our choice. I see so many people in my work who believe that God is to blame for every difficulty in life. Exactly the opposite is true.
We choose sin, and we pay the consequence. Remember the old law of physics: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same is true of our relationship with God, except that He is more merciful than we deserve.