Deuteronomy 28:63-65 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 28:63 Just as Yahveh was glad to cause you to prosper and to multiply you, so he will also be glad to cause you to be destroyed and to exterminate you. You will be ripped out of the land you are entering to take possession of.
Deuteronomy 28:64 Then Yahveh will scatter you among all peoples from one end of the land to the other, and there you will worship other gods, of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.
Deuteronomy 28:65 You will find no peace among those nations, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot. There Yahveh will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and a lethargic throat.
We are used to emphasizing God’s willingness to restore those who repent, but the Bible gives equal emphasis to God’s willingness to destroy those who do not. It does no good for us to scream about God’s love to the world, if we are not honest about the other truth: God hates evil, and he will be glad to destroy it. The sad truth about hell is that it will have a number of people in it who are convinced that God loved them, and so ignored their sin. Yes, God loves everyone, but he loves no one enough to give their sin a pass. The penalty for sin is death. It will either be Jesus’ death on the cross, or the sinner’s death in hell. God is glad to do either, because he will rid his universe of sin.
Lord, we want to take sin as seriously as you do. We gladly run to Christ, seeking his deliverance.