REALITY CAN BE SOBERING
Ezekiel 33:10-11 "Son of man, say to the house of Israel, `This is what you are saying: "Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?" ' Say to them, `As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'
“In the days of the Old Testament prophets, as well as now, there were people so foolish as to say, “God is too good to send anyone to hell.” The prophet Ezekiel was quick to emphasize that God had no pleasure in the death of the wicked. God longs for men to turn from their evil ways and to live. A discerning prophet of a loving God never gives people the impression that God hates sinners. God loves sinners with an undying love; it is death-dealing sin which God hates with a fierceness born of his righteous love.”vii
Hell is proof that God hates sin. Those who persist in sinfulness will receive what God has ordained for sin and sinners. Separation from God’s presence for all eternity. It was Satan who challenged God’s position and authority when he tempted Eve. Century after century people continue to listen to satan rather than God or his prophets.
Jesus Christ is proof that God loves sinners. Allowing him entry into our hearts and lives brings an end to the rule of satan and sin in us. Yet, people still reject His offer of salvation. Instead of life, people choose careers, people, wealth, drugs, pleasure, knowledge, fame or power. In themselves, these activities may not be sinful. But allowing them to replace God is sinful. It is this willful choice on a sinners part that leaves them without hope, still lost in sin and apart from God. What is getting in the way of your continued devotion and faith in God?
Prayer: The reality of hell is difficult for many to accept. Father help mankind understand not only the punishment that awaits the unrepentant but the love and grace that awaits those who turn from their sins and embrace your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.