“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
Have you ever been so pained at the senseless killings of your brother and sisters who are being persecuted that you just wished those committing the heinous acts would just die?
That’s your feeling getting a hold of you. It’s important you know that God never takes pleasure in the death of anyone.
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’s not the character of God.
Apostle Paul informed us of the character of God. He says about Him in his letter to his protegee and a fellow minister:
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:4
That is God’s desire for ALL men. This includes the ones you sometimes wish you can whisk away.
Let the word of our Lord Jesus get a hold of you today: “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”? Think about it for a moment.
God doesn’t have to kill your enemies to protect you. I repeat 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.