Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
God never takes pleasure in the death of any one. This is something crucial to learn about God, especially in our day. The prevalent culture will suggest otherwise. Many prayer warriors try night and day to have all their enemies killed- people for whom Christ died. The opening text however, lets us know that that’s not the character of God.
Paul was informed us of the character of God: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4. That’s God’s desire for ALL men. This includes the ones you sometimes wish you can whisk away. The Lord says to you: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44
We must always seek the salvation of even the most terrible of sinners. Christ died for them too. Can you imagine if someone else prayed for your death before you came to the Lord and that prayer was answered? God doesn’t have to kill your enemies to protect you.
We must stop futile attempts at maligning the image of God by presenting Him as some desperate Killer. No, our Father seeks the salvation of all. So must we.