I Take No Pleasure

I think we sometimes have this view of God (okay maybe I should just admit that sometimes I have this view of God) where He’s either cold and uncaring to the sad destiny of the wicked, or He actually enjoys pouring out His wrath on the wicked. It’s easy to read passages in the bible describing God’s discipline, judgement and justice, and think this could be the case. But then I stumble upon a passage like this and I realize that doesn’t even come close to describing the heart of God. In Ezekiel 18: 23 God asks Himself a rhetorical question on this issue, and gives His answer. It reads, “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the Sovereign LORD. “Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”  In other words, God takes no pleasure in pouring out His wrath on the unjust and the wicked. God deepest pleasure flows from seeing wicked people turn from their rebellion, evil and sin to find life in Him. Pretty good reminder of what’s really going on inside of God’s heart.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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