God’s Dire Warning

Posted on June 24, 2020

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By David Ettinger

All Under Control
Despite the fact that our planet is spiraling out of control – that is, its occupants, not the orb itself – we humans think we have things all under control.

In the face of pandemics, racial friction, and civil unrest, humanity as a whole sees no need to bring God into the equation. That is, those who actually acknowledge there is a God who had something or other to do with our being here.

For atheists, to believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present being who refuses to appear visibly to His creation, speak audibly to them, or otherwise communicate with them in some form is the height of folly.

In the meantime, Earth’s inhabitants can’t understand how things continue to deteriorate in light of our amazing scientific and technological advances, our ever-growing “wokeness,” and our overall “goodness.”

Christians say the bulk of the humanity’s woes lies in rejecting God, and the Bible backs this up. The world, however, says, “Nonsense! There most likely is no God, and even if there is, we’re quite capable of handling things ourselves, thank you.”

From a Christian perspective, I can confidently assert that God doesn’t like this kind of talk.

Sounds Like Today
This conclusion is derived from the Bible, whether explicitly stated or inferred by episode after episode of people taking matters into their own hands and messing them up (see Adam, Eve, Abel, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses … you get the point).

In the category of God explicitly stating just how much He detests humans rejecting Him, I give you this dire warning by our Sovereign Creator, a passage from the uplifting Book of Psalms which is not all too uplifting. “Frightening” is more like it.

The Psalm is 94, and the context is punishing the wicked as they deserve (v. 2). The psalmist is addressing those who “pour out arrogant words” and “are full of boasting” (v. 4), “crush” God’s people (v. 5), and “slay the widow and the foreigner” … and “murder the fatherless” (v. 6). To top it all off, “They say, ‘The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice’” (v. 7).

Sound like today, doesn’t it? What happened 2,000 to 3,000 years ago is happening now, and God has never sat by idly allowing it to go abated. He never did, never does, and never will.

God’s Dire Warning
To those who fit the description of Psalm 94:2-7, and there are billions, God issues this dire warning, and He is it not to be trifled with:

Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? Does He who fashioned the ear not hear? Does He who formed the eye not see? Does He who disciplines nations not punish? Does He who teaches mankind lack knowledge? The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile (Psalm 94:8-11).

In other words, God is saying: “When you boast, mistreat others, and reject me, do you really think I don’t see and hear it? Do you actually think you are getting away with anything?”

The world believes that because God hasn’t zapped us for rejecting Him, He does not exist. What the world doesn’t acknowledge, or at least won’t acknowledge, is that God is an abundantly patient God, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

And another thing the world doesn’t acknowledge is that in the Lord’s hand is a cup – the cup of man’s iniquity – and that it has not yet reached the brim. But it’s getting close; frightfully close. And when it does reach the brim, God’s patience will have expired, the Day of the Lord wrath will begin, and those who have so arrogantly rejected Him will be eternally punished.

God has been issuing His words of dire warning for millennia – through His Word – ­­to the “senseless ones among the people; you fools” (Psalm 94:8), but they have not listened. And soon – very soon – God will stop issuing warnings and begin acting upon those warnings; and when that happens, it will be too late.

May we who love our Lord Jesus faithfully proclaim the dire warning of what awaits all who reject Almighty God. It is not a pleasant message, but it is a saving one – the only saving one.