Thinking the Lord neither rewards or punishes is dangerous

For those who think that God is in his heaven and just lets it all roll by without taking much interest in what happens on earth, here’s an ancient word for people who thought the same.

At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps.
I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin,
those who think to themselves,
‘The Lord neither rewards nor punishes.’
Zephaniah 1.12 NET

The Israelites were not only thinking to themselves, but for themselves. Such independent thinking got them in hot water.

They ignored God’s revelation and the facts of history. God is nothing if not a “rewarder of those who seek him” Heb 11.6 NASB. Not only is his nature that of a rewarder, but he also punishes all those who commit sin, 1 Thes 4.6.

Error often begins with wrong thoughts about God. For this reason, we must be constant in examining the divine revelation (that thing called the Bible) to determine who God himself says he is and what he declares he will or will not do.

What we think about God will inevitably be wrong. (We don’t even know ourselves well enough to be accurate!) But the Lord’s revelation of himself is true and trustworthy.

Instead of making thoughts up about God, why not listen to what he says about himself?

It might just keep us out of hot water.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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