How does God treat evil?

Let the pagan nations set out for Judgment Valley. There I’ll take my place at the bench and judge all the surrounding nations. “Swing the sickle— the harvest is ready. Stomp on the grapes— the winepress is full. The wine vats are full, overflowing with vintage evil. Joel 3:12-13 (The Message)

The expectations often heard of God’s response to evil is that he will ‘strike down’ anything we do not like or agree with. We may fish around for examples of when people have done wrong and, as a result, they have had to face the consequences which have brought them their comeupance. Examples of justice meeted out swiftly are few and far between, in life today and in the Bible. 1 Peter 3:12 says. ‘For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil’ which implies that God is more proactive toward righteousness and forebearing of evil. What I mean by forebearing is that God desires good and hates evil so he holds out the hope of return to all peoples, whether individuals, families, tribes, or nations, forebearing and patiently waiting.

A word to the wise though, God’s patience does have its limits, if we are unwilling to grasp the severity of our sin, if we reject God’s overtures of grace, mercy, peace, joy, and love, then eventually our evil deeds will be trampled under his feet. and the wine that comes out from it will taste of the years of our rebellion. I would rather have the wine that is poured out in the new covenant of Christ’s blood anytime, wouldn’t you? I would much prefer the vintage of God’s saving grace than that of my own deeds that, I am sure, will not taste spiritually right.

Almight God, do not lead me into judgement but lead me this day into the grace, mercy, peace, joy, and love of the new covenant. As you forebear with all peoples bring the knowledge of your saving grace to me and many this day. Amen.

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