Whenever I read of a heinous crime or hear about it on the television or radio, I have a satisfying feeling if I learn that if the perpetrator has been caught and convicted. Justice has been served! And I think to myself, “They deserved it!”
Indeed, we reap what we sow. These incidents should be enough to deter anyone from deliberately breaking the law or violating another person. Yet, since Adam and Eve, we have rebelled against God and God, could, at any moment, exact His judgment against all mankind. One chilling example is found in the book of Obadiah.
For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you;
your deeds shall return on your own head.
Obadiah 1:15 (ESV)
The prophet Obadiah pronounced God’s judgement against the Edomites, the sworn enemies of the Israelites. As the Babylonians swept into Judah, destroying Jerusalem and taking the citizens captive, the Edomites assisted the conquerors by helping to capture any fleeing Israelites. The Edomites were full of pride, thinking their mountain fortresses of Petra protected them. But the Edomites did fall, as God commanded.
God is in control of all events. Like the Edomites, I deserve punishment for my sins against God and others. But thanks be to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have confessed my sins and repented and have been sanctified by work of the Holy Spirit.
They deserved it? No, I deserve it. Only by the grace and mercy of God am I saved from the punishment I justly deserve.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.