The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
One does not have to look far to see the wickedness in the world around us. Yet some of the ungodly do seem to go unpunished.
The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes commented that because justice is not quickly executed on those who break God’s laws, many conclude that it’s acceptable to do wrong (Ecclesiastes 8:11). But the Bible also reveals that God sees what the unrighteous do and will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7).
Those who disregard and disobey God’s laws will be held accountable for their actions. God says that vengeance is His, and He will repay when He sees fit—not necessarily when we think (Deuteronomy 32:35).
Sometimes God will let the wicked suffer the natural consequences of their wrong behavior. Other times He will personally punish them like those in Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet other times the wicked seem to go to their graves never being held accountable. But Christ taught that all will eventually be held accountable for their actions (Matthew 12:36).
Christians should not worry about the punishment of the wicked. God knows exactly the right time and way to deal with each human being (Isaiah 55:9). God’s will is for all to repent—and He is working toward that goal (1 Timothy 2:4). Christians should focus on supporting the preaching of the gospel to help people change and develop a true and lasting relationship with God.
To learn what the Bible teaches about the punishment of the unrepentant, read “What Is Hell?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Abraham’s Descendants to Be Enslaved."