13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, My servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, My servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, My servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
14 Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
The result of ongoing, unconfessed sin is nothing to laugh at. Those who repent and return to God will be blessed; those who do not will experience sorrow and “vexation of spirit.”
Well, you may say, vexation of spirit doesn’t sound so bad.
Here are some synonyms for you to ponder:
annoyance, irritation, irritability, exasperation, anger, rage, fury, temper, bad temper, hot temper, wrath, spleen, chagrin, pique, crossness, indignation, displeasure, discontent, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, ill humor, peevishness, petulance, testiness, tetchiness, gall, resentment, umbrage.
“That’s not fair! How can a loving God allow people to feel that way?”
The answer is easy, really. It’s the way they’ve chosen. They have NOT chosen God; they have chosen self, and they have chosen idolatry. We reap the result of our choices. They were warned over and over again, but they paid no attention. It’s not God’s fault.