The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. – 2 Peter 3:9
Continuing with verses 5-8, God-followers are reassured of His presence, while God’s frustration remains for those who choose their own way. (My thoughts in bold.)
5)) But the LORD is still there in the city,
We’re reminded again, God doesn’t leave us. He is the rock, never moving. We move farther and farther away from Him with the choices we make.
Day by day he hands down justice,
and he does not fail.
God is reprimanding and redirecting people. He is available to the remnant that calls on His name.
But the wicked know no shame.
“It works for me”, “I’m happy” – Ohhh, really ???? How many times have we thought to ourselves, “Don’t they have any self-respect?” “How could they react so laze-faire about _____, a moral wrong?
6)) “I have wiped out many nations, devastating their fortress walls and towers. Their streets are now deserted; their cities lie in silent ruin.
There are no survivors— none at all.
It seems like God is wondering, “What does it take to get through to these people? Their lives are a mess, relationships, families, bodies, and culture.”
7)) I thought, ‘Surely they will have
reverence for me now!
Surely they will listen to my
Then I won’t need to strike again,
destroying their homes.’
“I’m sure they can make the connection that the choices they’re making, following Satan’s ways vs. my ways, have devastating results.”
But no, they get up early
to continue their evil deeds.
“People just don’t seem to get “it”. They could experience abundant life through me (God), but instead they follow Satan who comes to steal and destroy.” – John 10:10
8)) Therefore, be patient,” says the LORD.
“Soon I will stand and accuse
these evil nations.
For I have decided to gather the
kingdoms of the earth and pour out
my fiercest anger and fury on them.
There will come a time when God says, “that’s enough chances. You’ve had plenty of time to choose Me. I’ve explained to you the consequences of your choices.” – http://nlt.to/Deuteronomy+30
All the earth will be devoured by the fire of my jealousy.
“In the last days I will judge all according to what they have done.” – Revelation 20:12 Evil doers will be punished, and the obedient will be blessed.