It’s hard to imagine a more dreadful announcement from the mouth of The Lord: “I am against you.” If the Lord spoke those words against a people—Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Sidon, Tyre, Mt. Seir—they were in for serious hurt.
Imagine how it must have hit God’s chosen people to hear those words aimed their way. Both Jeremiah (21:13) and Ezekiel (21:3) told the Israelites that God was against them for their disobedience, and the people definitely ended up paying the price.
What about today? There’s no greater gift than to be numbered, by grace, among the Lord’s chosen ones. But we’d better be careful not to turn that grace into a ticket to do as we please—unless, of course, we don’t mind turning our greatest ally into an enemy.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley